The locals are unhappy with UEFA's decision to place the 41-year-old in charge of Madrid's crucial semi-final return leg in the Champions League on Tuesday, with many feeling that his appointment gives the La Liga champions a smaller chance of progression.
However, the Portuguese international thinks that Europe's governing body was right to appoint the Yorkshire official as the referee for the clash.
"The truth is I like this referee a lot," Ronaldo told Marca.
"He is English, he has refereed many of my games there and I like him a lot.
"Things do not always go well for him, just as we players do not always play well."
The tie takes place at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.