Zinedine Zidane has lavished heavy praise on Real Madrid’s star attacker Cristiano Ronaldo

According to Andy Mitten of Mail Online, the French manager has spoken very highly of the Portuguese attacking sensation. The 31-year-old beat Barcelona star Lionel Messi to claim his fourth Ballon d’Or on Monday.

After guiding Los Blancos to their 11th Champions League triumph last term, Ronaldo’s focus will now be on lifting the Club World Cup for the third time in his illustrious career. Real Madrid are set to take on America in the semifinals of the biggest club competition across the world, and has received a lot of praise from his manager.

“It is very rare that one player wins so many awards. His fourth Ballon d’Or is a great achievement. It is not something you can easily achieve. Maybe he deserves a fifth Ballon d’Or,” said the Real Madrid manager.

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 26: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's 2nd goal from during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sporting de Gijon at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 26, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 26: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real’s 2nd goal from during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sporting de Gijon at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 26, 2016 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo Courtesy: Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Ronaldo has achieved legendary status at the Santiago Bernabeu and is showing no signs of stopping despite being on the wrong side of thirty. His goals may have dried down this season, but he still has an immaculate presence on the field.

A born leader, the Portuguese striker is also a true motivator on and off the field and is an inspiration to a number of players in the Real academy and Castilla outfits.

2016 has been a fine year for the former Manchester United star as far as accolades are concerned. He may not have had the best of runs in front of goal, but he played a key role in guiding Portugal to a European Championship triumph in France. A month and a half prior to the final in Saint-Denis, he lifted the elusive Champions League for the second time in three years.

He is undoubtedly worth every bit of praise and more, that he has received from Zidane this season. The former France captain will be hoping that Ronaldo’s winning mentality can see Real Madrid clinch the Club World Cup crown in Japan.

Also Read: How Cristiano Ronaldo nearly signed for FC Barcelona

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