People who question whether Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo can still perform at the highest level are crazy, according to Athletic Bilbao forward Aritz Aduriz.
Ronaldo has netted 30 times for his club so far this season in just 29 matches and on Monday picked up the Pichichi Award at a ceremony in Madrid for finishing as the highest scorer last season.
Some critics say though that there is evidence the striker is on the wane since the turn of the year with many pointing to his record of scoring in just two of his last six matches. He cut a frustrating figure in the 2-1 win over Granada at the weekend even though Los Blancos won thanks to a brilliant late winner from Luka Modric.
But speaking to AS, 35-year-old Aduriz, who will likely feature for his side this weekend when they take on the 10-time Champions League winners, said to suggest Ronaldo or Barcelona rival Leo Messi are past it is crazy.
“Can Cristiano be questioned? It seems like an insult to me. We can’t question him for anything in the world. We’re very spoiled with Messi and Ronaldo. Their numbers are astronomical,” he was quoted as saying.