Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo says last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain will be season-defining for Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid's season is now effectively all about their looming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in La Liga
Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that Real Madrid's season is now effectively all about their looming Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in La Liga.
"The tie...is one that could define the whole season," the Portuguese forward told Real's website after picking up a prize for best player in the world last season from the website Goal.com.
"We're going to come up against a great team with excellent players, whom we respect a lot.
"But we've already shown that we have a very strong, united and experienced group in this competition."
Real host PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday in the first leg of their last-16 tie, with the return set for 6 March in the French capital.
Zinedine Zidane's side have won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons, and it is eight years since Real were eliminated at this stage.
Madrid are currently fourth in La Liga, 17 points behind leaders Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.
He scored two goals in 21 games in Madrid before joining Milan last season on loan, scoring seven goals in 39 appearances for the northern Italian outfit.
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