The 35-year-old missed the 4-1 win over Croatia with injury, leading to suggestions to Portugal might be better without him.
He told reporters afterwards: “I didn’t follow the comments. It’s an opinion.
“I knew I had left a mark at this stadium and I knew that, if I played, I would leave a mark again. I don’t care about provocations.
“What I have done in my career speaks for itself. No, I have to prove nothing to anyone, and when I have to prove it, I show it on the pitch.”