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Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo: ‘I would get back in shape if the club need me’ 

The World Cup winner has his say on Los Blancos poor start to the season

With Real Madrid struggling for goals at the moment, former Real Madrid star Ronaldo has said he’d be willing to get back in shape if the club needed a striker. 

Madrid’s slow start to the season continued on Wednesday night with a shock 1-0 defeat to Real Betis, meaning the title-holders are currently winless in their last three La Liga games.

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With five league games under their belt, Los Blancos already find themselves seven points adrift of table-topping rivals Barcelona.

But Ronaldo – who was teammates with manager Zinedine Zidane between 2002 and 2006 – doesn’t think there’s any reason to panic and is positive the Frenchman can turn the club’s fortunes around.

Zidane’s side have struggled this season

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Zidane’s side have struggled this season

Speaking to Spanish outlet AS, he said:  “I don’t think Madrid have been lacking anything over the last few years, they’ve already shown what they are capable of.

“Last season they went through something similar and went on to win the league and the Champions League.

“This season is only just starting.

“Even after winning everything we’ve won up to now, three poor games at home means the questions are starting but there is absolutely no doubt about the capabilities of the team.”

The pair spent four seasons together

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The pair spent four seasons together

The team’s early-season struggles have been aggravated by Cristiano Ronaldo’s domestic ban and Karim Benzema’s hamstring injury, while last season’s backup forward Alvaro Morata was sold to Chelsea in the summer.


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Ronaldo, who turned 41 recently and retired from professional football in 2011, even joked that he’d be willing to come out of retirement for the club if they were desperate for someone, saying: “We have a lot of players who can score goals and I’m sure it won’t be a problem.

“And if something happens, I’ll get back in shape myself if I’m needed,”

We know he’s joking, but we can live in hope. 


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