Cristiano Ronaldo has labelled Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema as the best striker in the Spanish top flight.
The French international has come under pressure in recent weeks from certain sectors in Spain, with some reports linking him with a move to Liverpool.
Last week, the Daily Star claimed that the striker was unhappy with his role at the Santiago Bernabeu and the reports had prompted the Reds to prepare for a winter bid.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has since stated the striker’s importance at the club, and Cristiano Ronaldo last night went further by acknowledging his teammate as the best striker in Spain.
“I’m glad for him. He is the best striker in the league and one of the best in the world. The critics he receives is part and parcel of being a footballer and we have to rise above such things,” He said, quoted by the Spanish publication AS.
Ronaldo’s comments come after the former Lyon striker netted two goals in the 5-0 victory over underperforming Athletic Bilbao.
Despite his links to Anfield, the likelihood of him donning the red jersey on Merseyside anytime soon is unlikely to say the least.
Benzema only signed a new deal at Madrid in the summer, and his link up play with fellow forwards Ronaldo and Gareth Bale has been key to his side’s recent success.
The 26-year-old has scored three La Liga goals in six appearances so far this campaign.