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Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has hailed forward Cristiano Ronaldo,
joking that the scoring prowess of the Portugal international makes him
Zidane is recognised as one of the greatest players to grace a
football pitch, having won the World Cup with France and plenty of
trophies with his various clubs - including the Champions League with
However, the former France international was more of a creator of
goals and does not have the phenomenal goal-scoring stats of Ronaldo.
Quizzed about how Ronaldo compared with players he played with during
his career, the Los Blancos mentor said he wished he could celebrate
more goals like his current player and former team-mate, Ronaldo from
Zidane said of Cristiano Ronaldo: "As a coach, he is the best player I have had.
"I wasn't able to play with him, unfortunately - but I did play against him. His statistics are amazing.
"I played with the Brazilian Ronaldo, who was also an extraordinary
player who scored a lot of goals. I'm jealous of them because I didn't
have those numbers.
"I got a lot of assists but I just passed the ball and didn't have
their goalscoring ability, so I never had the same feeling - that thrill
of the ball hitting the net - as them. They are decisive players."
Los Blancos welcome cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid in an all-Madrid semi-final in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Kick off is at 20:45.