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The Real deal! Zidane in “no doubt” Ronaldo has usurped him as star guns for FOURTH Champions League crown

Date Posted,June 2, 2017

Zinedine Zidane believes Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than he ever was.

Real Madrid boss Zidane admits that Ronaldo will take centre stage as the biggest star of the Champions League final.

Ronaldo is aiming for his fourth European Cup while Zidane is targeting history by helping Real Madrid become the first team to retain the Champions League trophy.

But Zidane modestly also says Ronaldo’s ability, goals and eye for the spectacular means he is on a different level from his own playing days.

Real Madrid legend and France World Cup winner Zidane, 44, did not hesitate when asked who is the bigger star and who would be the biggest star if they were both playing.

The Portuguese will look to win a fourth Champions League title on Saturday (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
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“Ronaldo, no doubt,” said Zidane. “He scores goals and that’s most important.

“I used to play quite well but scoring goals was not my speciality. I was better at assists. I scored some important goals but not many.

“He’s a good person. He worries about the others. I would like to insist that what’s important is what he does professionally. He always wants more.

“Even in a training session he wants to win. What he offers us is that he always wants to win. He has something inside. He is a born leader, especially on the pitch.”

Ronaldo has scored 404 goals in 393 games for Real Madrid, despite being 32, his dominance is stronger than ever even if he has moved to a more central role in recent times.

Gareth Bale and Luka Modric share a joke (Photo: Rex Features)
Ronaldo heads the ball (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
The Madrid star will hope to score another goal in a Champions League final (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

There is pressure and expectation on his shoulders but also on Real Madrid as Zidane admits they are seen as favourites.

But having had a career at the top, Zidane says they can handle the pressure and he enjoys it.

Zidane said: “There is no pressure. I think Real know how to feed off pressure. I have seen it as player and coach. People always say we are favourites but there are no faves in a final.

“It’s one game. Many things can happen. Its 50-50. We will do everything possible to win.

“If someone had said as a child I would live all of this I wouldn’t have believed you. But I’m enjoying it. I’m only the coach. We and the players are living something spectacular. It’s beautiful and we are ready to play.”

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says they are determined to write their name into history.

Ramos said: “We have an appointment with history. Extremely motivated and excited about the possibility. We are aware of the opportunity history has given us. We never dreamed of it but the statistics are there for us.

Mateo Kovacic challenges Bale (Photo: REUTERS)
Madrid watch Modric practice shooting (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Still got it! Zidane shoots at goal (Photo: REUTERS)

“We don’t think we will have a problem but we will see what happens. We have been proud from the minute the coach came and hope he will be with us as long as possible. This is a complicated club but the figures say everything you need to know about him.

Marcelo added: “Maybe they are trying to stir things up. It’s possible. But it doesn’t affect us. We are here to defend Real Madrid. People can say what they want.

“This is the team that has played the most in the comp but we don’t live on the past or on our history. We will do all that is necessary. Anything can happen.”

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