Ronaldo salutes Zidane ahead of CL final

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Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo has credited manager Zinedine Zidane for the team’s success this season ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.

Los Blancos trumped Barcelona to the La Liga title and can add another Champions League trophy to their collection against Juventus on Saturday.

"He's done an extraordinary job, he started from scratch this season and is proving how good a coach he's becoming," Ronaldo told reporters.

"I've been very happy with his work. I admired him as a player and now even more as a coach because he's a very positive person, very hardworking and very respectful of the players.

"For this, I have no doubt that the team's success is down to Zidane and the excellent work he's doing. All the players are happy with him.

"Zidane has managed the squad very cleverly. It's not easy here. It's not a simple situation because all the players want to play a lot."

With less than a week to go before facing Juve at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff,  Ronaldo is expecting a tight encounter against the Italian champions.

"It’ll be very similar to previous Finals, you always have a 50 percent chance and both teams will try to take advantage of each other’s mistakes, but I hope win because it’d be extraordinary.

"The team that makes the fewest number of mistakes will probably win. I hope that team are Real Madrid. Expectations are high and the team are confident."