REPORT: Cristiano Ronaldo for number 9 role at Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo gestures in Real Madrid game
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The top star will fill the attacking void after Karim Benzema’s injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to begin center forward duties at Real Madrid. On Wednesday, the 32-year-old displayed exceptional talent as his brace helped Los Blancos to a splendid 3-0 home win over APOEL Nicosia in the UEFA Champions League – as a number nine.

His French teammate has been sidelined for over a month after pulling a hamstring in Saturday’s La Liga clash with Levante. Don Balon reports that the high-flying winger has communicated his plans of playing as the side’s arrow head to President Florentino Perez in a meeting.

Ronaldo chats with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
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Currently, manager Zinedine Zidane has Borja Mayoral as the only direct forward to work with. But per the reports, the French gaffer will count on Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer to fit in for the bigger games.

It was evident in the 45-year-old’s statement after their victory in the UCL contest against their Cyprus opponents. The former French national team captain feels CR7 could have delivered more if fully fit.

“If he was in better shape, he could have scored four goals because he always scores,” Zidane stressed.

“Cristiano is the best in the world and he’s always there when we need him.”

That said, there’s a lot to expect from the wing forward who has teared apart defenders and is stepping into the number nine role. Let’s brace ourselves for some scintillating stuff on the pitch from the boss in his subsequent games.

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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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