Banned Ronaldo to play full match vs Fiorentina

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The top marksman is currently serving a five-match ban and will use the game to warm up for the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo will enjoy the full 90 minutes of the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu game against Fiorentina on Wednesday. With a long season ahead, manager Zinedine Zidane wants to hand less used players like the 32-year-old attacker more minutes against La Viola.

The super celebrity’s five-match ban will end on September 17 as Real Madrid travel to Real Sociedad. The winger’s hopes of having the verdict overturned hit the rocks after Spain’s administrative court for sports (TAD) rejected an appeal from his club.

The French gaffer therefore wants to have his talisman in full gear before his first competitive encounter and the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu showdown is a perfect one for keeping CR7 in top form.

“We are in good shape and there are players like Cristiano Ronaldo who will play the full 90 minutes. We are aiming for a good performance because the trophy must remain here,” Zidane told RealMadrid TV in an interview ahead of the match.

With the Portuguese icon fully involved, Real Madrid’s wish of winning their 27th Santiago Bernabeu title will enjoy a tremendous rise. The team legend’s eagerness to play will be evident against the Florence based outfit.

This will be Ronaldo’s first full 90 minutes test and his initial start this season. The four-time Ballon d’Or holder’s last was against Juventus in the 2016/17 UCL final. That said, Cristiano will be poised to do what he loves best; play like a King and of course, score goals!

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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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