Spain forward Alvaro Morata, who came off the bench to score the winner against Athletic, told Real’s website: “When you’re used to scoring almost 70 goals a season, it’s almost like an addiction for goals.
“For us he is the most important player in the team and I hope that he scores lots of goals, but he is not a machine. He is a human being, even if he comes from another planet and is different, he also has the right to miss”.
Ronaldo has scored only four goals in eight appearances in all competitions for Real this season, but Bale played down his struggles.
“Cristiano works hard to keep scoring goals, but the important thing is the team and I’m sure he’s happy to be top,” he said.
Brazilian defender Marcelo said he is contributing in other ways: “Of course he wants to score and is a player who helps a lot and not only with goals, also with his work on the pitch.”
Real president Florentino Perez is unwavering in his support for his star player.
Perez said of Ronaldo during the club’s annual general meeting on Sunday: “He is one of the great legends of Real Madrid and one of the greatest in the history of football.
“He was again the top scorer in the Champions League with 16 goals, after collecting his fourth Golden Boot last season, becoming the only player in the world who has won four Golden Boots.
“Cristiano is already the top scorer in the history of Real Madrid with a record that will be very hard to beat.”