Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane believes there will never be another Cristiano Ronaldo when the striker decides retire from professional football.
Zidane whose side face Europa League Champions Sevilla next Tuesday in the UEFA Super Cup showdown at the Lerkendal Stadion, Trondheim (Norway) will be without his talisman who is currently recovering from a knee injury he picked up during the Euro 2016 final against host nation France last month.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is recovering from his Euro final injury. He wants to be back, but we must all stay calm and be patient.
“He will be back soon, training in Madrid. After he’s retired, there will never be another Cristiano.”
“He’s important to us – of course his career will end one day, but right now he’s with us and we’re glad he’s here in Madrid.” Zidane said as quoted on football-espana.
Zidane maintained he would not rush Ronaldo back into action after he sprained his left knee during Portugal’s 1-0 extra-time win over hosts France in Paris last month and Real have not set a date for his comeback.
Ronaldo is doubtful for Real Madrid’s league opener at Real Sociedad on 21 August as he is still recovering from the knee injury he picked up at Euro 2016.
Ronaldo scored 51 goals in 48 games in all competitions for Real last season.