Real Madrid boss admits his star man is unique

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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has praised “unique” Cristiano Ronaldo after his performance in the Champions League semi final first leg against Atletico Madrid, per Sky.

Los Blancos came out 3-0 winners against their neighbours courtesy of a Ronaldo hat-trick. The Portuguese has allowed Real to put one foot in the final, with Diego Simeone’s men having a mountain to climb.

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Many people believe that, at 32, Ronaldo is in decline, but Zidane was not shy in heaping the credit onto his shoulders for such a dominant display in a big game.

“Cristiano is a goalscorer. He is unique. All the players were brilliant,” the Real Madrid coach said at his post-match press conference.

“I am lucky to have these players. We try to play our football and enjoy ourselves. It works because we have great players with great attitudes.

“We knew what we had to do from the off and we played the game we wanted to. Today Isco played as a number 10 and was fantastic. We then had width with [Lucas] Vazquez and [Marco] Asensio. In a defensive sense we were brilliant too.”

Zidane’s former club Juventus are in Champions League action against Monaco on Wednesday night.

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