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La Liga 2016/17: Alvaro Morata says Cristiano Ronaldo is addicted to scoring goals but is no machine

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Ronaldo has scored only twice in the league this season

Spanish international and former Juventus forward, Alvaro Morata, in a post-match interview with the Real Madrid’s club website said that his teammate and Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, is “addicted” to scoring goals despite not netting in Madrid’s most recent 2-1 win against Athletic Bilbao.

With his recent performances coming under heavy scrutiny, Ronaldo seems to be stuck in a rut and has not managed to recapture his form after the injury he sustained in his country’s European Cup final triumph. 

Ronaldo is not a machine, says Morata

Morata defended his teammate, hailing the Portuguese player’s importance to the set-up and warning critics to back off and said that Ronaldo would come good again for the Galacticos.

“When you're used to scoring almost 70 goals a season, it's almost like an addiction for goals. For us, he is the most important player in the team and I hope that he scores lots of goals, but he is not a machine,” said the Spanish striker.

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Morata continued and said that the Portuguese winger is only human, "He is a human being, even if he comes from another planet and is different, he also has the right to miss."

Karim Benzema’s opener was cancelled out two minutes before the half-hour mark by Sabin Merino at the Santiago Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo wasted a number of brilliant chances before Alvaro Morata saved his teammate’s blushes by bagging the winner with seven minutes left on the clock. 

Real’s next game is in the Copa del Rey and they travel to the Estadio Reino de Leon to face Cultural Leonesa on Wednesday.

Morata feels he’s an important player in the squad

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has promised Morata more game time in his pre-match comments before Bilbao and the outing in the Cup could be the perfect venue for Morata to stamp his authority and break into the starting eleven for Real.   

The Spaniard has scored two goals in his nine appearances for Madrid in the league this season, out of which only 4 were starts for the former Juventus talisman. But, the forward remains confident he can succeed under Zidane and help Madrid to more honours.

Also Read: Alvaro Morata strikes late to send Real Madrid top of La Liga

"Everyone wants to always play, in every possible game, but it's difficult. I feel important in the squad," he added.

"We've got 25 players and Zidane's job is hard to choose who'll play. A good problem. We are a team and are about winning together, which is what we have done. Zidane gave me a hug and congratulated me, and now we have to keep working."

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