Zinedine Zidane has admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo is upset by his recent La Liga goal drought but says that is a natural reaction.
Ronaldo has netted just once in his last five league games ahead of Saturday’s trip to Alaves and cut a frustrated figure in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane acknowledged the Portugal captain – who led his team to Euro 2016 glory in France – was upset at his recent troubles but laughed off claims the player was overly perturbed at his displays over the past month.
The Frenchman told reporters at his news conference: “No, I’ve seen him upset but that’s normal. He wants to score, so it’s only natural that he’s upset but I don’t think he’s worried at all.
“He’s unique, what he’s achieved is unique. He’s played so well and scored so many goals. When he doesn’t score, people start reading between the lines but he’s a genius.”