Real Madrid Head Coach Zinedine Zidane has apparently opened the door to an imminent Real Madrid return for Cristiano Ronaldo as speculation continues about the Juventus forward’s future.
“Maybe,” Zidane told Sky Sport Italy when asked about Ronaldo ahead of Madrid’s Champions League round-of-16 second leg with Atalanta. “We know Cristiano, the person he is and what he did here. But he’s a Juventus player… We’ll see what happens in the future. I was lucky to coach him. He’s really impressive.”
Zidane had previously been tight-lipped when asked about the chances of re-signing the Portugal international, who is Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer after a stellar nine-year spell at the Bernabeu.
The team has seen a notable drop in their efficiency in front of goal since his departure, with only Karim Benzema reaching double figures in La Liga this season.
Ronaldo joined Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 and won four Champions League trophies and two La Liga titles, scoring 450 goals, before leaving for Juventus in July 2018.
Zidane’s words are likely to reignite the speculation, though, while former teammate Benzema also praised Ronaldo on Monday.
“I did a lot of things with Cristiano at Madrid, scored a lot of goals, gave a lot of assists,” he said. “But he left three years ago. I’m not the president or the coach, so I don’t know if he’s OK or not at Juve. He’s always behaved well with me, and he’s a player who will always score goals, but I can’t say if he’ll come here.”