Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo was worth every penny the club paid to bring him to the club. The Portuguese international has scored a massive 376 goals in 363 appearances for the club and is in no mood to slow down anytime soon. Ronaldo has been in scintillating form this season having already scored ten league goals including a hat-trick.
Ronaldo recently signed a contract extension with Los Blancos that will keep him at the club till 2021. Perez was quick to comment on Ronaldo’s contributions towards the club ever since his signing.
“Cristiano is special,” said Perez. “His stats are scandalous. We are delighted with Cristiano Ronaldo. He gives us more than we pay him. We have renewed his contract for five more years, and we are very proud to have done so.”
Perez impressed by Zidane’s reforms at Real
Zinedine Zidane has only lost just two of his 48 matches since taking over from Rafa Benitez back in January and Perez was all praise for the Real head coach after his inspiring run continued last weekend against Sporting Gijon in a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu.
“He changed the history of this club as a player and it was such an easy option for us. He is someone who came here to offer a new and distinct future, it was obvious that he would do a great job,” Perez told AFP in an exclusive interview.
“It has been a beautiful and eternal love story, and that is why I’m not surprised by the results he is getting and those that are still to come. Zidane last year changed our lives. As well as working very well from a professional point of view, he has an authority with the players because he was a great player. He was one of the greatest ever,” he commented.
“When he says things, when he speaks with the players, he has the recognition and the authority you have to have.”
Ronaldo is currently the leading goal-scorer in La Liga this season with ten goals in 10 appearances and is expected to play a key role in the El Clasico on Saturday with teammate Gareth Bale missing out due to an ankle injury. Los Blancos lead the push for the title and are six points ahead of arch-rivals FC Barcelona.