Ronaldo is Madrid’s saviour – Butragueno

The Portuguese fired home twice for the Blancos against Schalke and, without his efforts, the club director knows they would have been eliminated

Real Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the the club’s saviour after his goals prevented a shock Champions League exit on Tuesday.

The Ballon d’Or holder twice equalised for the Blancos as they fell behind Schalke at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg of their last-16 clash, though he was unable to prevent his team losing 4-3 on the night.

Without his strikes, Roberto Di Matteo’s men would have progressed at the expense of the European champions on aggregate and Butragueno is well aware of how heavily reliant Madrid were on Ronaldo once again, as they progressed with a 5-4 lead on aggregate.

“We suffered a lot, it was closer than any of us expected it to be,” the club director told TVE. “We played poorly, they were the better team and it cost us.

“If it wasn’t for Ronaldo’s goals in the first half we’d be out. It was him who saved us. It is abnormal for Madrid to concede four goals in a Champions League match, but these are problems we have to overcome.”

Butragueno added that head coach Carlo Ancelotti has nothing to fear regarding his contract, which expires in a little over a year.

“Madrid have a coach with great experience and we believe that we can find a solution,” he added.

Madrid’s next game is against Levante in La Liga on Sunday.