Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Cristiano Ronaldo can never be replaced at Real Madrid, says Zidane

Cristiano Ronaldo can never be replaced at Real Madrid, says Zidane

Karim Benzema's 18th goal of the season salvaged a point for Real Madrid, who drew 1-1 with Leganes in LaLiga on Monday evening. He showed his personality and that's it, he's doing well for the team, he's doing a lot of goals.

"For me as coach, and them as players, we must keep trying to play better", Zidane said.

Madrid is enduring one of its worst seasons in recent memory.

Wales worldwide Gareth Bale was a late substitute, only had four touches in 12 minutes, and walked straight down the tunnel at the final whistle. He's been at Madrid five years and has done great things for us.

"He's a great player that brings calm".

Asked if Benzema annoyed by persistent talk that the Bernabeu hierarchy would sign a new striker this summer, Zidane said: "I don't know - you'd have to ask him about that".

They were ejected out of the Champions League at the hands of Eredivisie side Ajax and knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barcelona, leaving the 13 time European champions with little to play for.

Substitute En-Nesyri was rightly flagged offside as Leganes pushed for a victor, with Cuellar on top form at the other end to deny Marcelo and ensure a well-deserved point against their illustrious city rivals.

Zidane would not be drawn on Bale's long-term future either, though, only saying he is expected to play an important role in the closing weeks of a season that is petering out for Madrid.

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