Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal skipper netted a stunning goal against Fiorentina.
Ronaldo rushed into the area from the left before launching a curling effort into the top corner in a 2-1 Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu win on Wednesday.
The former Man Utd man is banned from competitive domestic fixtures for another three matches being sent off, and then pushing the referee, in their first-leg Spanish Super Cup win over arch rivals Barcelona earlier this month.
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Zidane hailed Ronaldo’s stunning goal against Fiorentina and said that was exactly what the 32-year-old is capable of, as he praised the squad’s overall performance.
Zidane told Real Madrid TV: “That’s what this man is capable of, we’re happy to have him here.”
“We put in a disciplined display and made a good start. I’m happy because the fans came out in their numbers and that was very important for us.”
“We achieved what we wanted to, the trophy remains here and we all head home happy.”
Zidane also said that he was extremely happy as he grabbed the opportunity to give some of his players, including Ronaldo, much needed game-time.
Real Madrid have started the new season on a positive note – winning the UEFA Super Cup, Supercopa de Espana and their La Liga opener against Deportivo.
Zidane said: “We got what we were hoping for, gave those players who hadn’t had much of a chance some minutes and that’s what these games are for.”
“[Dani] Ceballos, Marcos [Llorente], Borja [Mayoral], Cristiano all got some game time.”
“Now we have to rest up and tomorrow we’ll start thinking about our La Liga game against Valencia [on Sunday], which is coming around quickly.”