Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane insisted Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award for 2017 despite his faltering La Liga form so far this season.
Ronaldo missed Real’s first four La Liga games through suspension, but has managed just one goal in the last five and was wasteful once more in front of goal as Madrid eased past Eibar 3-0 on Sunday.
“He is the best by a long way,” said Zidane when asked if Ronaldo was the best player of his generation.
The Portuguese is expected to edge out Barcelona rival Lionel Messi to the award thanks to his stunning end to last season.
Ronaldo scored 10 times from the quarterfinals of the Champions League on as Real won a first La Liga and European Cup double in 59 years.
However, Messi has already scored 15 times in all competitions for Barca this season and netted a stunning hat-trick to ensure Argentina didn’t miss out on next year’s World Cup against Ecuador earlier this month.
“He has shown it many times, he is always there in the big games,” added Zidane.
“All the awards are deserved because he always wants to be the best and he is.” (Leadership)