By FOX SPORTS staff
Ronaldo's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid cost the La Liga side a whopping 94 million Euros in 2009, but Los Blancos have since broken their own record with the recent 100 million Euro purchase of Gareth Bale from Tottenham.
A former record signing himself when he left Juventus for the Santiago Bernabeu 12 years ago, Zidane told Real Madrid TV that Bale need look no further than Ronaldo on how to justify his price tag.
"When I said that he is a player that costs a lot of money, I was referring to the great pressure that this player will be under. At least that's what happened to me," he shared.
"The pressure [on Bale] is huge, of course, but we have the best example in Cristiano Ronaldo. He is the most expensive player in football history and he has spectacularly overcome enormous pressure. His stats, his performances. Everything he gives to Real Madrid on and off the pitch is genuinely spectacular. Real Madrid do not consider his price but rather everything he brings to the club."
The Real sporting director also spoke about the departure of playmaker Mesut Ozil, who left the club on the final day of the transfer window to join Premier League side Arsenal, in a move Zidane hinted had much to do with the German international's unwillingness to fight for his place.
"Ozil decided to leave, he is a good player who has given us so much so we wish him well," he said.
"There are players who have responded with strength and will to fight for a place, but not everyone reacted the same. [Angel] Di Maria responded well and wanted to fight."
Real Madrid travel to Villarreal for their La Liga fixture this weekend.