Cristiano Ronaldo remains as deadly as ever in his twilight years, believes Real Madrid all-time leading scorer Raul.
Ronaldo has already netted 26 times in all competitions for Madrid this season, despite missing the start of the campaign with the injury suffered during the summer’s European Championships.
The 32-year-old is increasingly being used as an orthodox centre-forward by Zinedine Zidane, rather than in the wide role where he made his name in his younger years.
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But Raul insists that while Ronaldo’s game may have changed, his quality is undimmed.
"He has won the Ballon d'Or and had a good season so far," Raul told Kicker.
"The decisive time of the year is coming now and good players have to prove themselves. I expect him to be in a very good shape.
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"He is playing closer to the box, which is more difficult. But please – he has still got his potential.
"Maybe he doesn't have the pace that he used to have, but that would be normal in his age.
“And maybe he might not have won as many one-on-one-duels as he used to, but be careful – he has spoiled us too much in the past."