​Real Madrid's midfield maestro, Toni Kroos has opened up on what he knows is former team-mate, Cristiano Ronaldo's favourite position on the pitch - revealing that the Portugese hitman favoured the left-wingers role.

Kroos and Ronaldo played at the Bernabeu for five years following which the five-time Ballon d'Or winner decided to move to ​Juventus in the ​Serie A. While Ronaldo has played in every forward attacking position on the pitch, Kroos believes that it was at left-wing where he was the happiest.

"His favourite position was on the left. He sometimes played through the middle or next to another striker, but he loved starting from the left and cutting inside best. It came with the freedom of not having to track back all the time. Almost without fail, he justified having that freedom," Kroos said to the ​Athletic.

He continued, "The other 10 players knew he would not always come back — Marcelo and I had to chip in (with more running) sometimes. But we also knew that it was worth working that little bit more for him, because he would score two at the other end. He was free in his movement and always paid us back with goals. The chemistry was right.”

The 35-year-old spent nine trophy-laden years at the Bernabeu, during which he not only became their all-time highest goalscorer with 450 goals from 438 games - but also helped them win two La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey's and four UEFA Champions League honours.