Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar play their first league matches of the season later Saturday, as Real Madrid hosts Osasuna and Barcelona welcomes Alaves.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rants on the Federation Internationale de Football Association sanctions on the club, and Ronaldo’s return to the team from injury.
Most importantly, he was a team-mate of Messi for many years, so it’s only natural he’d point to the five-time Ballon d’Or victor as the better of the two.
‘Those that want to appear on front covers [of newspapers] or promote things speak about me.
“If I was the president of Real Madrid and I had a player like me, I would renew him for 10 years at least”, Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo’s current contract runs out in 2018. “I always want him with me”, Zidane said.
A knee injury picked up in the Euro 2016 final in early July meant Ronaldo missed all of Madrid’s preseason and the first two La Liga games of the season, but he quickly got on the scoresheet in Saturday afternoon’s straightforward home win at the Bernabeu.
“I dont see anything else in my career [except Madrid]”, Ronaldo added.
Madrid sat back for a while after Ronaldo’s goal, allowing Osasuna plenty of possession that the visitors failed to capitalise on. The Real Madrid manager spoke about the debut of Cristiano, the rotations, Modric, Benzema and Danilo. He played half an hour and against Sporting we will see what happens.
Griezmman, who was named the best player at this summer’s European Championship for leading France to the final, continues to edge his way into the conversation of the Spanish league’s most valuable player. “The truth is that after a serious injury there are certain actions that you are a little scared to do, but that is normal”.
Atletico’s win came after disappointing draws with recently promoted Leganes and Alaves in the first two rounds, leaving it trailing title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The journalists asked Zidane about the rotations he did in the starting 11 of today ” Today I´ve done it like this because of the selection matches our players played and the number of the games we have to play in the next weeks.
Ronaldo, 31, caught wind of those comments, and let’s just say the 2016 UEFA Best Player in Europe was quick to go ahead and dismiss what Xavi had to say, via Goal.com’s Ben Hayward.
“I have picked up match fitness, felt good, scored a goal; all was flawless”.