Cristiano Ronaldo is breaking records left, right and centre once again, and it has now been revealed that what Zinedine Zidane told him after the 2016 UEFA European Championship final seemingly plays a major role in his superb form of late.
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The Portuguese has scored a whopping 23 goals in his past 12 appearances for Los Blancos, and having experienced a similar rise in form towards the end of last season, it appears that Real coach Zidane plays a major role in his superstar's hot streak.
The Frenchman has mastered the art of resting the ageing Portuguese in less important games in order to have him fully fit for the biggest clashes – a principle he followed in the previous campaign.
It has now been revealed that Zidane told Ronaldo, after Euro 2016, during which the then 31-year-old struggled with injuries, that he needs to miss a few games for the benefit of his career.
"If you listen to what I tell you and have belief in what I say, if you accept resting every so often, sitting out the odd game – if you don't mind doing that, believe me, you will prolong your career by a few years," the boss told his player, as reported by L'Equipe.
Ronaldo, who had struggled with injury niggles towards the end of campaigns before Zidane arrived, was rested in LaLiga games against Leganes, Espanyol and UD Las Palmas this season, and scored a brace in all of the matches that directly followed.
In 2016/17, Zidane also rested Ronaldo in selected league games in the season's run-in – something Ronaldo needed to get used to – and the Portuguese responded with 14 goals in his last nine appearances in LaLiga and the UEFA Champions League to secure Los Blancos the double.
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