Football: Cristiano Ronaldo has to live with being substituted, says coach Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo endured a frustrating time against Las Palmas before sulking after being substituted.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo endured a frustrating time against Las Palmas before sulking after being substituted. PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insisted Cristiano Ronaldo has to learn to live with being substituted after sulking off the field visibly frustrated in the European champions' 2-2 draw at Las Palmas in La Liga.

Zidane replaced the three-time World Player of the Year with Madrid leading 2-1 18 minutes from time, but an unhappy Ronaldo watched from the bench as Sergio Araujo equalised to ensure Real dropped points for the second time in four days.

"I have to take him off sometimes and tonight we did it," said Zidane."That isn't going to change what we are going to do continue to do."

At the forefront of Zidane's mind was Real's huge Champions League clash away to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

However, Ronaldo endured a poor night in front of goal as he fluffed a great chance from Alvaro Morata's cut-back before half-time and fired straight at Javi Varas in the build-up to Madrid's second goal.

"We have a game on Tuesday and I thought it was the time to take him off, 20 minutes from the end, thinking about Tuesday," added Zidane. "I know he always wants to play and always wants to stay on the field, but I also have to think about the players and for me, it was best to rest and think about Tuesday."

Ronaldo has completed 90 minutes just twice this season, as he was also replaced early on his return from a knee ligament injury against Osasuna earlier this month and missed last weekend's win at Espanyol due to illness.

Real's lead over Barcelona at the top of the table now stands at a solitary point, having failed to bounce back from a 1-1 draw with Villarreal on Wednesday that snapped a 16-game winning streak in La Liga.