The French manager was full of admiration for the Portuguese superstar for his role in his side’s 3:1 win over Napoli.
The iconic number 7, even with his immense contributions, was unable to find the back of the net on Wednesday against Napoli. However, an impressive solo run from the right flank saw the forward deliver a sumptuous assist from a tight angle which was slotted home beautifully by teammate Toni Kroos.
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The Merengues were pinned down in earlier proceedings after Lorenzo Insigne beat Keylor Navas from 40-yards, but a Karim Benzema headed goal gave the hosts a lifeline shortly afterward. Kroos’s finessed hit was the European champions’ second before Casemiro stunned the audience with a terrific volley to give his side their third of the night.
“Cristiano also played brilliantly,” were manager Zinedine Zidane’s words during the post-match interview.
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And fairly enough, there is much candor in the assertion made by the ex-Galactico. Throughout the encounter, Cristiano Ronaldo was somewhat the engineer on the pitch. The ex-Manchester United man’s clever inter-positional play and movements aided in the creation of most of the goalscoring opportunities.
Just watched the highlights back of Real vs Napoli. That was probably Ronaldo’s best performance since the game vs Atletico
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It would have most certainly been one of his best performances in this season’s contest, had he found the back of the net. Cristiano Ronaldo created six chances in Wednesday’s game, a personal record in a single Champions League game. His productivity was reflected in his 88% passing accuracy, five take-ons, three shots and a genius assist which increased his tally in this competition to five.