Champions League

Zidane: Cristiano Ronaldo is always there, he could have scored four

Real Madrid kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia and Zinedine Zidane was very content with how his team played, particularly Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese played for the first time since the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona, scoring two goals on his return, while Sergio Ramos got Real’s third.

“He’s the best in the world,” Zidane said about Ronaldo to BeIN after the game.

“He’s always there, he always scores.

“If he was luckier today, he could have scored four.

“We know the ability that Cristiano has.”

Zidane was aware that all the pressure was on Real pre-game, but he is content.

“We are happy,” he continued.

“There are no quiet games.

“APOEL have experienced players and are not overwhelmed by the Bernabeu; they just went out and played.

“If you’re not focused, they can hurt you.”

Speaking about Ramos’ excellent bicycle kick, Zidane joked about the Spaniard’s finish.

“I could not do that, only a few can,” he said.

“Sergio normally scores with his head, but he has the ability to score a bicycle kick on occasion.”

Gareth Bale was whistled as he was substituted late on, despite providing two assists, but Zidane has focused more on those fans who appreciated the Welshman’s performance.

“I did not listen to the whistles, only the applause,” said Zidane.

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