Zidane insists misfiring Ronaldo still remains world’s best footballer

, 7:09 PM IST
Real Madrid's assistant coach Zinedine Zidane watches as he son Enzo Alan Fernandez Zidane plays with Real Madrid's under 19 team during a UEFA youth league quarters final match against Paris St Germain at Charlety stadium in Paris, March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) - RTR3GN4E

Madrid : Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has thrown his support behind an underperforming Cristiano Ronaldo, labelling the star striker as the best player in the world.

The French manager dismissed suggestions that Ronaldo has now past his best and couldn’t compete with Lionel Messi, insisting that the rivalry between the duo was good for the game.

” Cristiano Ronaldo is the best. Messi is his rival and the rivalry is good for football,” Zidane was quoted as saying by goal.com.

Zidane replaced Rafael Benitez as the coach of the Spanish giants at the start of January and has enjoyed a good run since then. (ANI)