The Italian has underlined the importance of the Ballon d’Or holder in the Madrid dressing room and expects him to keep playing at the highest level for many more years
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo’s leadership skills and added that the Portugal international is always happy to help out youngsters.
The 30-year-old is among the Champions League holders’ most experienced players and Ancelotti has stressed the prolific attacker finds himself right at the top of the dressing room hierarchy.
“Ronaldo is one of the leaders of this Madrid team,” Ancelotti told A Bola.
“He talks to all the members of the squad, especially the younger players, and he’s an important part of the squad, just like Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and Marcelo.
“If he maintains his passion for the game, his playing career can continue for some time due to his superb physical condition.
“Cristiano is a player with a unique efficiency in modern football. He has an extraordinary talent and he enjoys this with professionalism and a level head that is difficult to find amongst players at this level.”
The former Manchester United attacker has been in stunning form for Madrid so far this season, scoring 28 goals in 19 La Liga appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo has a contract with the Santiago Bernabeu side until June 2018.