Real Madrid’s star player Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training on Sunday and trained with the squad on the Real Madrid city pitch. The Portuguese player looked in good shape during training and it’s quite possible that he will feature in the all important UEFA Champions League clash against Manchester City.
Since Zidane was appointed as the coach of Real Madrid the team has taken a good turn and Ronaldo is quite satisfied working under the French legend.
“I think we’re more appreciated under Zidane, we feel his warmth and I would like him to stay with Real Madrid,” he told UEFA’s official media.
“We’re still going through a transitional period, but it’s working out faster than we had imagined.”
“I admired Zidane as a player and now also as a manager, because of the way he is and the way he coaches.”
Real Madrid play an important second leg UCL semi-final match against City mid week and Ronaldo feels that it will be a difficult challenge considering the circumstances.
“We know we’re facing a difficult challenge,” he continued.
“Manchester City are in the semi-finals for a reason, it isn’t easy beating Paris Saint-Germain; City are a team with very few weaknesses,” the striker stated.
Ronaldo also has fond memories of the UCL quarter-final match against Wolfsburg where the striker scored a hat-trick and brought his side back in the tie after going down 2-0 in the first leg.
“It was one of the most important and special nights of my career, we needed three goals and I scored three,” he reminisced.
“It was the perfect night; not only because of my goals, but everything, the team played really well and the fans played an important role.
“It was a magical moment.”
Ronaldo added that winning the champions league with Real Madrid back in 2014 was a special moments and he would love to win it once again this year.
“Winning the Champions League with Real Madrid was a beautiful feeling,” he said.
“The Champions League is always special, every game feels like my first – to win it in Lisbon, in my home country, made it even more unique.”