Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has seemingly received the backing of the majority of the club’s supporters regarding his decision to substitute Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar was substituted in the 72nd minute of his side’s clash with Las Palmas on Saturday, leaving the field with the score at 2-1 to Real before their opponents grabbed an equaliser to ensure they earned a share of the spoils.
Unsurprisingly, Ronaldo wasn’t impressed with the decision to replace him, as he was visibly angry with coming off and that in turn has now led to speculation about tension between the pair.
Nevertheless, although they don’t state the sample size of their poll, AS have collected the opinion of their readers online and 83.39% of them believe that Zidane was right to replace Ronaldo.
The 31-year-old has scored over 250 La Liga goals for the Spanish giants since arriving at the club in 2009, and has won countless individual accolades and trophies with the team.
However, Zidane showed that he will not be swayed by reputations and history when making the best decisions for his team, and at the time of the game on Saturday he felt it was right to replace Ronaldo.
The French tactician has since insisted that it was also with a view of resting him for their Champions League outing on Tuesday, with the holders travelling to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund.
Ronaldo has two goals in four appearances this season, and while many are making this out to be a bigger situation than it probably is, it would come as no surprise if the former Manchester United star plays a decisive role in Europe in midweek and puts the disappointment of Saturday behind him.