While it is too early to write off the five-time Ballon d'Or victor, it would also be a good idea for Real President Florentino Pérez to begin to look at players to replace the legend as it has become clear that Gareth Bale's constant injuries will prevent him from fulfilling this role.
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Asked about Ronaldo's future, Zidane added: "For us, it is fundamental that Cristiano stays all his life. We are going home to relax, and then turn our attentions to El Clasico".
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"I hope we can beat Barça so that the league is alive. Now we must enjoy, rest up and think about the rest of the season". Another big moment in Ronaldo's career, delivering again on a massive stage.
The Royal Club achieved the FIFA Club World Cup's title previous year by beating Kashima Antlers 4-2, and they are looking to repeat this achievement.
The player, himself, tellingly said last night when asked if he'd like to retire with Real: "If possible, yes. It's what I like the most".