Zidane lavishes praise on “best in the world” Ronaldo after hat trick

Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

That finishing touch Cristiano Ronaldo was lacking last week in Wolfsburg? Yeah, he found it.

Portugal’s megawatt superstar scored all three goals in lifting Real Madrid from a 2-0 first leg hole into the UEFA Champions League semifinals with a 3-0 second leg win on Tuesday.

[ MORE: City-PSG recap | Hart loved “fantastic encounter” ]

In doing so Ronaldo became the only player to score 15 or more goals in two UCL campaigns, and equaled Lionel Messi for the most UCL hat tricks all-time.

And Zinedine Zidane has little interest in the “Messi’s No. 1” crowd.

From the BBC:

“He [Ronaldo] is showing what he is, which is the best player in the world.

“Cristiano needs the whole team, I want to speak about the team because they achieved this together.

“But he is special because not everyone is capable of scoring three goals.”

Zidane has the acumen to weigh in here, even if he’s most obviously biased and I believe he’s wrong. Ronaldo’s the second best player in the world. No shame in that.

I’m winking, CR7. You can’t see me, but I’m winking.