Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to retain The Best FIFA men’s player award on Monday evening in London, despite Ronaldo scoring just one La Liga goal this season even though he is the hghest goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League.
Zidane spoke after Ronaldo missed chances in Sunday evening’s 3-0 La Liga victory at home to Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane, one of the greatest players of his generation has revealed few hours to Ronaldo’s likely win of the FIFA Best Award on Monday, that the Portuguese is the best player of his generation.
“Ronaldo is the best player of his generation, by a long way,” Zidane said. “He has shown that many times, he makes the difference in the big games. It is very deserved what he is winning tomorrow, all his prizes are deserved. He always shows he wants to be the best, and he is.”
“When Cristiano does not score I get asked always the same thing,” he said. “We are not worried, although it is better when he scores. It is important for him, but the most important is that he is getting chances. This lasts a long time. He is top scorer in the Champions League, and has a chance to score again next week in La Liga [at Girona].”
Zidane admitted his team had “lacked fluidity” but reminded critics that the team plays best against the big boys.
“We did lack a bit of fluidity in our play,” he said. “But the most important thing for us was to win, and score goals. We got three, and kept a clean sheet, which is important for us too. We also made many [five] changes today, so we can be happy with how they all played. We cannot play at our very best every week, it is impossible, but when there is a trophy to be won we do it — as against Manchester [United] and Barcelona [in August’s Super Cups].”