Ronaldo on the bench – UEFA Super Cup 2017

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Cristiano Ronaldo smiles on the bench with Fabio Coentrao
(Image credit: Reuters)

The star winger might be Zidane’s solid weapon from the dugout.

Cristiano Ronaldo will start the UEFA Super Cup final against Manchester United from the bench. Having returned from his long vacations on Friday, Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane deems it perfect to start his talisman as a substitute.

This tactical action by the two-time UEFA Champions League winner somehow explains the fitness level of his 32-year-old forward. CR7 might not be fully fit and the French coach prefers firing Ronaldo on in the closing stages of the game.

Instead, Gareth Bale and Isco have been given the nod and will start to support center forward Karim Benzema in attack. Have a look at Real Madrid’s First XI:

Red Devils coach Jose Mourinho might see the super star’s omission as a team booster to defend less at the start of the game and settle with an early goal on the other side of the field.

The former Man United winger’s exclusion from Los Blancos’ starting line-up will pose less threat to the English club. The “Special One” knows of Ronaldo’s top notch quality as the pair were together for three years at Madrid.

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Ivan is a young Ghanaian football journalist. He is a staunch fan of Real Madrid C.F. and sports in general. He discovered his unique admiration of Cristiano Ronaldo during the player’s early days at Manchester United. Ivan was captured by the skill and personality of the then young Portuguese lad who showed so much confidence at such a big club. He is also a big fan of Cristiano’s antics both on and off the pitch as controversies make this player what he truly is.

Ivan usually spends his leisure time reading, watching sports documentaries and ancient story movies. He describes himself as a person who is always ready to learn at any opportunity and likes to have fun as well.

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