Ronaldo a rare breed – Zidane

Cristiano Ronaldo is itching to prove just why he deserved the Ballon d’Or by leading Real Madrid to another Club World Cup title, Zinedine Zidane said Wednesday.

The Portuguese superstar, voted the world’s best player for a fourth time earlier this week, will lead Real’s charge in Japan, where the European champions face Mexico’s Club America in Thursday’s semi-final.

“Cristiano is hugely motivated for this game — as always,” Real coach Zidane told reporters in Yokohama.  “He would be motivated even if it were a friendly, that’s just the sort of player he is.