Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted after having a bad day in office against Las Palmas
The 31-year-old attacker has made his worst start to a La Liga campaign, scoring just one in six games.
Cristiano Ronaldo was replaced by Lucas Vasquez at a time Real Madrid were leading 2-1 and it was the first time the three times FIFA Player of the Year was substituted for tactical reasons.
And despite, Las Palmas restoring parity, afterwards Ronaldo’s substitution has been hailed by the Spanish press and readers due to his antics after Benzema scored from his rebound and his poor display during the game.
“Throwing up his arms in disgust wasn’t really the way in which Cristiano should’ve celebrated his teammate’s strike,” wrote the Marca report.
"It hurts to see him [playing] badly, slow, late into challenges, poor in his execution.
"It's like seeing your son getting bad marks," wrote AS columnist Tomas Roncero.
"When he took him off in the 72nd minute, Zidane was being the model father
In Barcelona, newspaper Sport could barely hide their delight.
"Every day that passes he is becoming more renowned for his tantrums than his goals.
"It seems evident that the best of Cristiano Ronaldo is over and his decline is an unstoppable truth."
Meanwhile in a poll for AS, a staggering 84% of readers thought Zidane was absolutely right to replace the striker with Lucas Vazquez.
However, the man who subbed Ronaldo off defended his performance.
"It was not that [Ronaldo] was playing badly," Zidane told reporters after the match.
"We are playing on Tuesday and Cristiano must rest too sometimes. It was just for that."