The former France international Zinedine Zidane, who is currently managing the Spanish giant Real Madrid says that Cristiano Ronaldo himself deserves the credit for a late-season burst of form which has made him favorite to claim another Ballon d'Or.
The Portugal international Cristinao Ronaldo has often finished recent campaigns hampered by injury issues, but in recent weeks his eight goals in three games including one hat trick saw Madrid past Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals and secured a commanding 3-0 advantage in last Tuesday's Champions League semifinal at home against Atletico Madrid.
Even though the 32-year-old star forward has been rested for four of Real Madrid's last five away Liga games.
And could again remain at home to prepare for Wednesday's Champions League semifinal return at Atletico Madrid.
And ahead of Saturday evening's La Liga game at Granada, the 44-year-old Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was asked if he could take credit for managing Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness and keeping him focused on the most important goals.
Zidane said, "The credit is all his,"
"He has won many Ballons d'Or and he is close to winning another one. Cristiano has respect from everyone around Real Madrid. You can love Cristiano or not, there is no middle ground, but he knows that.”
"I speak a lot with Cristiano and he knows that until now he has played 50, 60, 70 games each year. A moment comes when he knows he must rest sometimes. I am not the coach who has benched Cristiano, it's not like that. It is a dialogue."