Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said people write off Cristiano Ronaldo at their peril after the Portuguese forward struck twice in the 5-0 drubbing of Sevilla on Saturday as the La Liga champions and their prolific scorer roared back to life.Ronaldo has been widely criticised in Spain for his domestic form this season and before the game with Sevilla he had only scored twice in the league, his lacklustre form mirroring Real’s feeble defence of the title they won so convincingly last May.Ronaldo was crowned world player of the year for a joint-record fifth time on Thursday and showed off his shiny Ballon d’Or trophy on the Bernabeu pitch before kick off and when the game began he appeared to have an extra spring in his step.He latched onto a through ball from Marco Asensio to confidently sidefoot the ball inside the near corner to score Real’s second goal midway through the first half and then powered home the third from the penalty spot, his shot bouncing under Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico.”It has been a perfect week for him and I hope he continues at this pace, although I already said you have to be careful with him,” Zidane told a news conference.??????? #CRI5TIANOThe moment @Cristiano presented his fifth Ballon d’Or to the Bernabu! pic.twitter.com/yBj88b4mR3- Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 9, 2017Ronaldo also scored in Real’s 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday to become the first player ever to score in all six Champions League group games in one season.advertisement”I don’t say that for no reason, I know him well and I see how ambitious he is every day in training, he knows he’s going to score. Sometimes it doesn’t come off for him and no-one is happy about that, but you always have to be careful with him.”??5????? An afternoon full of goals and celebrations at the Bernabu! ??#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/x3iFi4XGvF- Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 9, 2017Zidane also praised Ronaldo’s overall play, as the Portuguese helped tee-up 19-year-old right back Achraf Hakimi for the fifth goal of the game before the halftime whistle.”After watching the game we can safely say we have got him back,” added the coach after Real moved to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona, who visit Villarreal on Sunday.”We’re very happy with the performance as it’s not easy to score five goals against Sevilla. I hope we can keep scoring, we’ve scored eight goals in our last two games and we have to keep going like this.”We’re growing in every sense and playing better. When you play better you create more chances, we created a lot today and scored five times, for the first time this season (in the league).”Real left back Marcelo added: “For me, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world. I never saw (Diego) Maradona or Pele play but I know you can’t compare anyone to him.”We’re privileged to live in the same era as (Lionel) Messi and Cristiano, each own has his own story and attributes, but I prefer Cristiano.”??????????????? #[email protected] showcased his fifth Ballon d’Or to the Bernabu ahead of kick-off! pic.twitter.com/ZcHpf7zaaz- Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 9, 2017
Morata ‘If you are at Real Madrid, you don’t leave’ – Morata paying for mistake, says Michel Chris Burton 21:05 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty Images Morata Chelsea Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Chelsea striker endured a testing debut campaign in England after departing Spain, with his struggles ultimately costing him a World Cup spot Alvaro Morata has been told by Real Madrid legend Michel that his troubles at Chelsea and subsequent snubbing by Spain in their World Cup 2018 squad can be traced back to his departure from Santiago Bernabeu.Having struggled for regular starts over the course of two spells in the Spanish capital, the 25-year-old striker found himself looking for opportunities elsewhere.He found them at Juventus between 2014 and 2016, before completing a £70 million ($94m( switch to England in the summer of 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Morata was, however, to endure a testing debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, which ultimately led to him being overlooked by his country, and Michel has pointed out that leaving Real Madrid is rarely a good idea.A man who won six La Liga titles during an iconic spell with the Blancos told Marca: “I don’t know why he left, if it was because he wanted to play more, if it was because he wanted a better contract and because he wanted to play in the English league.”At the end of the day he is in a similar situation as to when he was at Real Madrid, he will know personally why he took the decision.”I’m of those who think that if you’re at Real Madrid the best thing is to not leave but I don’t know what his thinking is.”Morata did manage 15 goals for Chelsea across all competitions in 2017-18, but found himself slipping out of favour once Olivier Giroud arrived from Arsenal in January and was unable to prove his worth to Spain boss Julen Lopetegui.”He’s playing less at Chelsea, Giroud is playing more,” added Michel.”The most informed one on this is the coach and he knows exactly why he took one decision of another. He’s a good player but any of them are too.”It’s a sensitive decision, if you made a list of 50 then number 51 and 52 would miss out too, you have to accept it, respect it and support it.”Morata will now be watching on from afar when 2010 champions Spain open their latest campaign against Portugal on June 15, before going on to face Iran and Morocco in Group B.