Marco Asensio admits he can not imagine a Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo and believes the Portugal superstar still has a big part to play at Santiago Bernabeu. "He has been, is, and will be very important for us and he and Madrid must always go forward hand in hand".
In his first appearance of any kind since Real Madrid's victory in the UEFA Champions League final, Ronaldo threatened regularly in his 74 minutes but was forced to take a back seat to the eye-catching Guedes.
"It's the way the gaffer wants him to play, so hopefully he can continue and really build on it and become one of the names alongside Messi and Ronaldo".
"I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago about his goals and stuff, and he said to me "it should have been a lot more".
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While the former Manchester United star insisted it had nothing to do with money but more recognition, Spanish publication Marca promptly revealed that he's demands of becoming the world's highest paid player was rejected by Los Blancos.
An actual World Cup contender might have scored twice the amount of goals against Algeria that Portugal did Thursday, with only seven of their 18 shots finding the target.
Speaking to Marca from Spain's pre-World Cup camp, Asensio said that he "could not imagine" being part of a Madrid squad which did not include the five time Ballon d'Or victor.