Zinedine Zidane delighted by Cristaino’s performance


Even though the 32-year-old is still serving a five-match suspension in La Liga, he was the one to inspire his team into a 3-0 victory in the Champions League.

Real Madrid head coach Zidane has once again highlighted how important Ronaldo is to their squad. The attacker returned for Los Blancos on Wednesday against APOEL and netted two goals in their 3-0 victory against the Greek side – an opener in the 12th minute and a penalty in the second half.

The four time Ballon d’Or winner has now scored 107 Champions League goals in 145 features and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. The Portuguese stepped up to the plate at the perfect moment for Los Blancos following a thigh injury from Karim Benzema, who has been ruled out for at least a month.

Speaking to beIN Sports after the game, Zinedine Zidane praised Real Madrid’s key man:

“He [Ronaldo] is the best in the world.

“He is always there when we need him and he always scores. If he was luckier today he could have scored four.

“He is a key player for us [and] I hope he continues in the same vein.”

The Frenchman, however, also spoke about Gareth Bale’s value to the team as the Welshman provided the assist for the first goal of the game. Yet, he was still jeered by some of the home crown upon being substituted in the 82nd minute.

“Bale is capable of playing in a number of positions and on the left he can do a good job too,” Zidane said.

“He showed his flexibility. Today we started with Ronaldo and Bale as forwards and then he shifted. I am pleased with the side in general and above all the second half.”

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