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

epa06517007 A picture made available on 11 February 2018 shows Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates the team's win on the Spanish Primera Division soccer match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Madrid, Spain, 10 February 2018.  EPA/Emilio Naranjo
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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 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

"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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