Zinedine Zidane hails intelligent Cristiano Ronaldo

Zinedine Zidane watches Real Madrid game from the touchline.
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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.”

Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo chat during Real Madrid game
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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.

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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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