France legend Zinedine Zidane believes Real Madrid will end up signing Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Spanish giants have made no secret of their desire to sign the 23-year-old Portuguese winger, despite United’s insistence they will not sell.

“Every time Madrid want good players they get them,” said former Real star Zidane, in Vienna for Euro 2008.

“He’s had a great season, and he’s a Champions League winner, and if he wants to play there, then he can.”

Zidane cost £45.8m when he moved from Juventus to Real Madrid in 2001.

That fee remains a world record for a player, but the Frenchman, 36 on Monday, thinks Real Madrid could possibly have to spend more than that to land Ronaldo.

And he said he would be happy to no longer be the world’s most expensive footballer.

“If he goes to Madrid, it will be a big amount, but Madrid is ready to pay far more than they paid for me,” said Zidane.

“This will actually lift a weight from my shoulders. Hopefully they will pay more for Ronaldo than they did for me.”


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