Zinedine Zidane has told Cristiano Ronaldo that his Real Madrid side strongly depends on his “competitive spirt” after it was revealed that the Portuguese will leave the Bernabeu this summer.
Ronaldo, who has spent eight seasons with Madrid, no longer wants to play in Spain amid allegations of several accounts of tax fraud between 2011 and 2014.
It was recently reported that the Frenchman, alongside captain Sergio Ramos, would contact the 32-year-old in order to persuade him to change his mind.
And Zidane, speaking to Ronaldo, currently with Portugal for the Confederations Cup, reportedly said: “We are a team that wins because of you. We do not just need your goals, we also need your competitive spirit.”
The current Ballon D’Or holder respects Zidane more than almost any other manager he has worked under. The former Madrid and France midfielder even convinced him to play less games at the Bernabeu last season and it meant he was fresh enough to demolish Juventus in Cardiff earlier this month.
His word undoubtedly holds weight, but the managerial situation at Madrid is not what appears to be behind why Ronaldo wants to leave.
The Portuguese has never enjoyed a good relationship with the Spanish media, just as obsessed with the cult of the individual as we are in Britain, and this latest scandal over his tax returns may have just pushed him irreversibly over the line.