Zidane happy about Ronaldo’s return after five-match ban

Zinedine Zidane at a press conference
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Cristiano Ronaldo is set to feature against Real Betis on September 20.

He’s back! After serving a five-game sanction for slightly shoving referee Ricardo de Burgos in El Clasico at the Estadio Camp Nou, the 32-year-old winger’s comeback is certainly a boost for Los Blancos in their 2017/18 La Liga title defense.

Cristiano’s massive difference of quality has propelled head coach Zinedine Zidane to express glee over the return of his superstar. He spoke to reporters at the pre-match conference for the Real Betis encounter.

“We are happy to have Cristiano Ronaldo back and I hope it’s the last time we’re without him. He looks very happy because he likes to play, to be with the group and his teammates.

“Tomorrow he’s back at the Bernabeu and we know every player likes that,” the French gaffer stated.

Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo celebrate win
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The 45-year-old tactician also hailed the high-flying winger for his efforts and enviable records at Real Madrid.

“I think the stats speak for themselves when we’re talking about his contribution. There’s absolutely no player in the world who gets as many goals and decisive ones as well like him and Messi,” Zidane concluded.

Ronaldo’s return for the Spanish champions comes at the perfect moment. Los Merengues have found back their winning form after their 3-1 triumph away at Real Sociedad. What more? Gareth Bale seems to have resurrected his scoring form after netting against the Basque outfit.

Per this, the emergence of Ronaldo means the number 11 man will be eager to register impressive assists and goals. Who better motivates the former Tottenham Hotspurs attacker than the four-time Ballon d’Or holder? So CR7 fans, brace yourselves for some glittering performance at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

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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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