Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid will never achieve one thing after Juventus move - Zidane

CRISTIANO RONALDO will never be properly replaced at Real Madrid following his move to Juventus, according to Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane.


Posted Monday, April 15, 2019 by Express.co.uk

Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid back in July, choosing to turn his back on the La Liga giants after nine successful years in Spain.

Surprisingly, however, Los Blancos failed to fork out on a marquee replacement last summer, despite interest in Chelsea's Eden Hazard and PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

Ronaldo has flourished at Juventus in his first campaign in Italy, scoring 26 goals to propel the Serie A giants to the cusp of an eighth straight title triumph.

And Zidane has now admitted that nobody who Real sign will ever be able to replicate Ronaldo's achievements.

"Cristiano's situation is one that we can't change, he's gone," the Frenchman said.

"We can sign any player and whoever comes in won't do all that Cristiano did.

"That's the way things go in life, he did some great things at this club and we were delighted with him.

"He's now in another chapter in his career and I'm tired of repeating myself because we're not going to win anything at the end of this season but we are going to try and finish strongly.

"We've got to try and finish as high up as possible and ahead of the side currently in second, who are Atletico, that's our aim."

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid will never achieve one thing after Juventus move - Zidane
Cristiano Ronaldo: Juventus star played under Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Former Real star Fernando Redondo, meanwhile, has rued the club's decision to cut Ronaldo loose.

Los Blancos have endured a nightmare campaign and, for the first time since 2015, will finish the campaign without a trophy.

And Redondo feels Real have lacked ruthlessness without Ronaldo in their ranks.

"After having won the Champions League the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly impacting the team," he said.

"We can see a lack of forcefulness, effectiveness, the kind which Ronaldo guaranteed.

"This process isn't going to be easy, but the fact Real Madrid are always alive in the Champions League is a plus."

Ronaldo was rested for Juventus' 2-1 defeat to SPAL on Saturday afternoon.

But he is expected to be fit for the club's Champions League second leg clash against Ajax on Tuesday (8pm).

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