Ronaldo left out of Real Madrid squad for Deportivo clash

The Portugal attacker has not been included in Zinedine Zidane's 19-man panel for the crucial league game with Deportivo La Coruna. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for their La Liga game with Deportivo La Coruna.

Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has named his 19-man panel for the game, with Gareth Bale also ruled out due to injury.

Bale picked up a calf injury at the weekend, lasting just 35 minutes of the defeat to Barcelona, and has been sidelined for three weeks.

With both Ronaldo and Bale absent, Zidane will likely call upon Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata to provide firepower up front.

Sergio Ramos misses out due to his red card against rivals Barcelona on Sunday. The defender was sent off as Barcelona won El Clasico 3-2 in stoppage time thanks to Lionel Messi's 500th competitive goal for the Catalan side.

Ramos is likely to return on Saturday as Real Madrid host Valencia after being handed just a one-match suspension for his challenge on Messi during El Clasico.

 

Do Real Madrid respect Messi?

The Argentine attacker has never received a standing ovation at the Santiago Bernabeu and is only grudgingly admired by fans of Los Blancos.

It was an iconic celebration. Lionel Messi had just decided a Clasico clash with a superb goal deep into added time, his 500th senior strike for Barcelona, and held his shirt aloft in front of the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Most of them were furious, but Barcelona's fans loved it. For them, it was confirmation of what they have long known — that Messi is there (and theirs) when it matters most. But Madrid have found themselves on the receiving end of his genius far more often than they would have wanted.

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