Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez believes Cristiano Ronaldo still has a lot to offer the Los Balncos despite his below par start to the season.

The Portugal international has netted an average of more than one goal per game since joining Real from English side Manchester United in 2009. But he has scored just four goals in nine games in all competitions this season.

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Ronaldo was left frustrated in his side’s nervy 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend, but Raul sees nothing wrong with the 31-year-old yet.

“We should be proud of what Cristiano has been doing. He scores 50 goals per season. I struggled to hit 20,” Raul told Cadena Ser.

“He has a great personality and is very hungry for success. He is more critical of his own performances than anyone else. He always wants what is best for the team and is very demanding.

“All his teammates like him and respect him. I know because I had the opportunity to play alongside him.”

Raul tips Ronaldo for award

Ronaldo is among the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or this year after making France Football’s 30-man longlist and Raul thinks it will be the prolific attacker’s year after his Champions League and Euro 2016 glory.

“I think Cristiano will win the Ballon d’Or,” he added.

“I think it will be between Cristiano, [Lionel] Messi and [Antoine] Griezmann. They would make up a nice podium.

“The Champions League and Euro 2016 are hugely important and that is why I think it is Cristiano’s year.”