Zidane says Ronaldo should win Ballon d’Or
He has struggled to replicate his previous scoring form for the Spanish club this season, netting just four goals in nine appearances.
“Not just at an individual level, but above all on a collective level.
“He knows everything he is achieving is thanks to his hard work and the work of those around him.”
Ronaldo, a three-time Ballon d’Or winner, and current holder Messi have been named on a 30-man shortlist for the 2016 award.
Ronaldo has scored 368 goals in 357 appearances since moving to the Bernabeu from Manchester United in 2009, averaging more than a goal per game in each of the past three seasons.
However, the Portugal skipper – who missed the start of the season through injury – is currently struggling to match that impressive ratio.
He had 11 shots in last weekend’s 2-1 home win against Athletic Bilbao – more than the visitors’ combined total of 10 – but only two of those efforts were on target.
“Every time he doesn’t score there is a furore, but he has to live with these things.”