Figo: Ronaldo is only human

The former Portugal international has spoken up on behalf of the 30-year-old attacker, who went three games without a goal before netting against Schalke in midweek

Luis Figo has jumped to the defence of Cristiano Ronaldo in light of recent debates over his compatriot’s form and attitude, pointing out that the Real Madrid attacker is “only human” and can’t be expected to score in every game.

Ronaldo was criticised by the press and by some supporters after going ahead with his scheduled 30th birthday celebrations just a couple of hours after his side had been hammered 4-0 by city rivals Atletico.

The fact he went three Liga games without a goal was also scrutinised in the media, much to the disbelief of Figo, who felt compelled to speak out on the attacker’s behalf.

“I like to be there for him when times are tough – he doesn’t need you to say anything on the day he wins the Ballon d’Or,” the Fifa presidential candidate told Marca.

“I’m independent and make decisions based on what I believe is right. I’ll get it wrong sometimes too. I’m not perfect.

“He is only human, it is normal for him not to score in every game. In my eyes, he looks as committed to the club and the team as ever.”

Ronaldo, who won his second successive Ballon d’Or in January, has scored 37 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

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