Former Portugal and Real Madrid player Luis Figo believes his former side rely too heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Figo, who played alongside Zinedine Zidane and won La Liga twice with the Los Blancos, feels that Madrid will pay the price if other players do not lighten his compatriot's load.
“(Ronaldo) always plays to a very high level,” Figo toldRadio Marca,
“He’s an impressive player, he wants to improve, he’s a top
professional and he makes the difference with the quality he has.
“But despite the figures he posts, Real Madrid can’t rely on just one
player. That would be a really bad thing.
“There’ll be moments in the season when Cristiano won’t be decisive
and it’ll be down to the team [to step up].”
Ronaldo has scored 23 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions
this season, putting him right in contention for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award.
However, Figo also reacted to the recent statement made by Fifa president Sepp Blatter with regards to Ronaldo.
Figo added: “Someone in his [Blatter’s] position ought not to make those kinds of
comments, although a really big deal was made of it," the former Inter
winger mused. "But he should have been more careful.”
Meanwhile, Figo also revealed that Madrid president Florentino Perez often interfered in team selections when he was a Galatico.
And when asked whether the Santiago Bernabeu President had him dropped to the bench,
Figo replied: “Yes, it did happen to me, no doubt about it. But it’s
in the past and I move on from that.
“There’s no issue. I’ve already spoken my feelings. I was calm when I
left [Madrid]. Everything comes to an end; you move on and look for
Since Ronaldo's mega-money move to Madrid in 2009, the Portugal international has managed to score 159 goals in just 147 appearances.
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