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Zidane: Why I Substituted Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo was subbed off as Real Madrid dropped points at Las Palmas, and Zindedine Zidane has revealed why he decided take off the Portuguese star.

Read: Las Palmas' Late Goal Denies Real Victory

Los Blancos dropped points for the second time this season, as they played out a 2-2 draw with Las Palmas on Saturday evening. However, one of the biggest talking points was Ronaldo's withdrawal on 70 minutes with Los Blancos winning 2-1. 

Substitute Sergio Araujo netted in the 84th minute to ensure Las Palmas earned a share of the spoils, but Los Blancos manager claimed he took Ronaldo off, as he needed to rest.

"It was not that [Ronaldo] was playing badly," Zidane told reporters.

"We are playing on Tuesday and Cristiano must rest too sometimes. It was just for that. He was playing well. Tonight I took him off thinking of Tuesday's game."

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner was visibly frustrated when he was hauled for Lucas Vazquez, but Zidane feels that is a normal reaction.

"Angry? That would be your interpretation. He always wants to be on the pitch. We have to take him out sometimes, and we did today. It does not change anything," he added.

Read: Ancelotti Aims Sly Dig At Real President

Did Zidane make the right decision by taking off Ronaldo? Have your say in the comment section below.



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