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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo says PSG game will make or break Real Madrid's season

Outcome of Champions League last 16 tie against PSG will likely define 2017/18 for Spanish side, who are all but out of reckoning for Primera Liga title

Cristiano Ronaldo, right, will be key to Real Madrid's fortunes against Paris Saint-Germain. Emilio Naranjo / EPA
Cristiano Ronaldo, right, will be key to Real Madrid's fortunes against Paris Saint-Germain. Emilio Naranjo / EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo has conceded that Real Madrid's season is now effectively all about their looming Uefa Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish giants trail off the pace in the Primera Liga.

"The tie...is one that could define the whole season," the Portuguese forward told Madrid's website after picking up a prize for best player in the world last season from the website Goal.com.

"We're going to come up against a great team with excellent players, whom we respect a lot. But we've already shown that we have a very strong, united and experienced group in this competition."

Madrid host PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday in the first leg of their last 16 tie, with the return set for March 6 in the French capital.

Zinedine Zidane's side have won the Champions League in each of the last two seasons, and it is eight years since Madrid were eliminated at this stage.

They are fourth in the Primera Liga, 17 points behind leaders Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.

That is despite a big 5-2 win over Real Sociedad at the weekend, a game in which Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

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