Zidane’s new plan for Cristiano Ronaldo – 2017/18

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Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid.
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The high-flying winger’s five-star quality defines him as an ideal attacker for Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo will play a center forward role in Los Blancos’ 2017/18 season. Although the summer transfer is still open for player trade until Thursday, coach Zinedine Zidane has closed the Spanish giants’ door for a number 9. The Whites have Karim Benzema and Borja Mayoral to work with, perhaps till the January 2018 window.

But according to Marca, the technical team has decided on Cristiano as a center forward for the 2017/18 campaign. Per the report, the 32-year-old will feature in a 4-3-1-2/4-4-2 formation.

Cristiano Ronaldo featured and scored as a center forward in the Supercopa de Espana first leg clash vs Barcelona at the Camp Nou. (Image credit: Getty Images)

Los Merengues has got depth in midfield; the imminent rise of Marco Asensio and the top notch qualities of Isco, Dani Ceballos and Mateo Kovacic among others offers the French gaffer several options. With that in mind, CR7 is expected to headline the Whites’ attack along with Benzema.

Karim Benzema-Cristiano Ronaldo partnership

The French striker has suffered consistent criticisms as a striker since his move from Olympique Lyonnais in 2009. But the 29-year-old has established a great connection with Ronaldo. From his 9 assists, the attacker provided three for Ronaldo alone in the 2016/17 season.

Currently serving a five-match ban from TAD, Cristiano is expected to return for La Liga duties on September 20 vs Real Betis. In the meantime, the top marksman will still be available at club level as the UEFA Champions League winners kick off their title defense on September 13 against APOEL Nicosia at home. That said, Madridistas can brace themselves for great performances from the Franco-Portuguese pair this season.

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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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