MADRID – Real Madrid’s Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas highlighted on Tuesday the importance of having Portuguese teammate Cristiano Ronaldo back during their first UEFA Champions League match against APOEL.
Portugal’s all-time top scorer was sidelined since he was banned for five domestic matches after pushing the Spanish Super Cup first leg’s referee who had shown him a red card.
“For us it is always good to have the best player in the world on field, he always gives a lot,” Navas said at press conference on the eve of Wednesday’s match, to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Navas considered Ronaldo an “example” for the rest of the team to follow, as he continues to work hard despite knowing that he could not play due to the ban.
“When he is in the side he gets goals. Every game is different, but his unwavering will and ambition are vital for the team,” he added.