"It was a special year for me," he said when reflecting on the past 12 months. "I faced a dark period because getting over my injury was not easy.
"But that blow made me understand many things. It allowed me to see who loved me, it strengthened my character and my patience. I then finally re-emerged.
"I was more determined than ever and my hunger for goals gave me great moments of joy in Serie A and the Champions League.
"And it was great to win the Scudetto."