​Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo has insisted that ​​Real Madrid would have been more competitive if Cristiano Ronaldo remained with the club, while also claiming that his presence would have made the La Liga much more tougher for them.

The Los Blancos have struggled ever since Ronaldo left in the summer, getting knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey and falling 12 points behind leaders Barcelona in the La Liga.

Semedo for one believes that Ronaldo's absence has both affected Madrid and the league in general.

"Real Madrid have noticed his absence a lot. I cannot say that it was bad for us that Cristiano left. With him it would have been a more difficult league for us, more competitive. He [Ronaldo] is a player that requires a lot of attention and care. Without Lionel Messi we would play well, but not the same," Semedo told Portuguese TV channel SIC, as quoted by ​Goal.

Ronaldo for his part has bedded well at his new club, scoring 24 goals in 36 games for Juventus as he looks to lead them to their first European title since 1996.