Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo’s “relentless desire to make progress” in his career.
The Portuguese enjoyed a timely return to form against Granada last week, having bagged five of Los Blancos’ nine goals, and the legendary midfielder – now Castilla boss – admits he is inspired by the No 7’s work ethic.
“It’s [Cristiano Ronaldo’s] relentless desire to make progress that surprises me,” he told UEFA’s official website.
“At the same time, I’m not surprised. The great thing for me is that he always wants to make progress.
“Even if Cristiano Ronaldo wins trophies and scores a lot of goals every season, his aim is always to make progress.
“He always wants to show, even in training, that he wants to win. It's incredible. That's what makes him stay at the top – it’s his ambition to be the best.”
Zidane also reflected on Madrid’s successful pursuit of La Decima last season, adding: “Whatever the case may be, what’s certain is that Real Madrid always have the duty to win everything in their grasp, whether that’s the Champions League, the domestic title or Copa del Rey.
“Real Madrid always have a team capable of winning a trophy every year. Zidane: There is a pressure when you are part of this team.
“Your objective is always to win the Champions League. It is good to have that pressure – to say to yourself that in this club, your objective is to win the Champions League, because you know what you are working towards.”