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The 5 players Ronaldo has told Real Madrid to sign in summer

The 5 players Ronaldo has told Real Madrid to sign in summer

The European champions are still seven points shy of Atletico Madrid in second and 14 behind leaders Barcelona.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be absent from Real Madrid's La Liga game at Leganes on Wednesday after being rested by coach Zinedine Zidane for the first time in the league this season.

Less than a month ago, Leganes jolted Madrid into a crisis by eliminating the Spanish powerhouse from the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey. Sergio Ramos sealed the victory by converting a 90th-minute penalty kick.

Madrid were comfortable throughout most of the game and rarely troubled by Leganes, in a match that was rearranged from when Zidane's side were at the Club World Cup.

Only in its second season in the first division, Leganes had a promising start to the campaign but has struggled recently.

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Luka Modric (hamstring), Toni Kroos (knee) and Marcelo (hamstring) are also absent from the squad to face Leganes, although Zidane said he retains hope all three will be available for their last-16 second leg at Paris Saint-Germain in early March, when Madrid will defend a 3-1 advantage.

However, the visitors were behind within six minutes when they failed to deal with Javier Eraso's corner and although goalkeeper Kiko Casilla repelled Bustinza's initial effort, the defender dived in bravely to block Theo's attempted clearance with his head and the ball flew into the net.

The lead did not last long as Los Blancos as Lucas Vazquez collected a pass from Casemiro before finding the bottom corner with a clinical finish.

However, pretty much every injury Marcelo has suffered at Real Madrid has seen him defy the prognosis with his recovery time.

Then the visiting side scored a goal of absolute class to take the lead in the 27th minute with impressive one-touch passing ending with Brazilian midfielder Casemiro slotting home from close range.


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