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Football: Ronaldo straining at the leash on Real return

Published on Feb 26, 2014 6:02 AM
 
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo warms up during a training session on the eve of the first-leg round of 16 Uefa Champions League football match Schalke 04 vs real Madrid in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on Feb 25, 2014. The Ballon d'Or-winner cannot wait to play for Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League last 16, first-leg clash at Schalke 04, according to the Spanish giants' boss Carlo Ancelotti. -- PHOTO: AFP

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AFP) - Ballon d'Or-winner Cristiano Ronaldo cannot wait to play for Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League last 16, first-leg clash at Schalke 04, according to the Spanish giants' boss Carlo Ancelotti.

The 29-year-old Ballon d'Or winner, who has scored 34 goals in 32 games for Real this season, has missed the last three Spanish league matches through suspension.

Ancelotti said the midfield star was "highly motivated" for the last 16 clash at the Veltins Arena having scored nine goals in five European games this season.

"He's really wanted to play, he was not happy about not being able to do so," said Ancelotti.

 
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