Cristiano Ronaldo is the “symbol” of Real Madrid and the heir to club legend Alfredo Di Stefano, according to president Florentino Perez.
Ronaldo was one of Perez’s first signings upon his return for a second spell as president in 2009, as his Galacticos philosophy was once again established.
The records have also tumbled for him at Madrid and he is now the club’s leading scorer in LaLiga and across all competitions.
And Perez believes his influence has been like that of Di Stefano, who is regarded as one of the club’s finest players when he donned the famous white jersey in the 1950s and 60s.
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“He is the great heir of Di Stefano and reflects the values of Madrid,” Perez told Gazzetta dello Sport of Ronaldo.
“He is our all-time top scorer and represents everything we are: talent, work, sacrifice, professionalism and ambition. Today, Cristiano is the symbol of Madrid.”