The 32-year-old will miss Los Merengues’ third 2017/18 La Liga showdown against Levante on September 9 due to a five-match sanction from TAD.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been commended once again for his intelligence by coach Zinedine Zidane. Zizou has enjoyed compliments by several football pundits concerning his decision to manage his talisman’s game minutes. The French gaffer in an interview with beIN Sports explained what entailed in convincing Cristiano.
“Convincing him was easy. He is an intelligent professional and he knows himself well. These players can believe in me and for now I think they do. He pushes his teammates and it makes him the best.”
Furthermore, the 45-year-old stressed on some top players of his squad and he believes Ronaldo is just from another planet.
“I have a leader in Ramos, Benzema is purely talented and Ronaldo is an extraterrestrial player. These are great lads who represent Real Madrid.”
Characterizing CR7 with such affectionate words might define how the coach misses his absence. Perhaps, he hoped that the top marksman was available in their 2-2 stalemate against Valencia at the Bernabeu. It was Los Blancos’ first home encounter in the 2017/18 Spanish Primera Division. However, the four-time Ballon d’Or holder is expected to feature in the Champions League when the Spanish giants face APOEL Nicosia at home on September 13.
Ronaldo’s matches and stats since TAD’s five-match ban
- Real Madrid 2-1 Fiorentina : 7’ Borja Majoral, 33’ Cristiano Ronaldo – 4’ Jordan Veretout
- Portugal 5-1 Faroe Islands: 3’ 20’ 64’ Cristiano Ronaldo, 58’ William Carvalho, 84’ Nelson Oliveira – 38’ Rogvi Baldvinsson
- Hungary 0-1 Portugal: 48′ Andre Silva
*It is worth noting that the Portuguese skipper assisted William Carvalho and Andre Silva’s goals.