Star Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo shared his thoughts ahead of the Champions League final on Saturday, Talking to Real Madrid TV, he said that winning the final would be ‘damn great.’ If the team beats Liverpool at Kiev this weekend, it would be the fifth career Champions League title for the player. His first title came while playing for Manchester United in 2008 but the next three came with Madrid in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
In his interview, he said, “It would be a historic moment. We are excited — the whole team. We do not realize completely the history we are making, and maybe that is best, so people remain focused on the game.”
He looked very positive about the game, especially as the team is being the favorite by many. Some former managers, coaches, and experts have even predicted their results, with the Spanish club winning either 4-1 or 3-0 against the Englishmen.
“Later, if all goes well, we will go down in history. I am confident, feeling good, and my teammates [are] too. To win a fifth would be damn great,” he added.
If they win, he will join an elite list of 9 players who have held the championship for five times, 7 of whom are fellow Madrid players from the 1950s and include the likes of Hector Rial and Alfredo Di Stefano. Ronaldo will also come one step closer to matching the record of Paco Gento. The former Madrid winger playing in the 1950s and 1960s is the only player to have held the European Cup six times.
He also mimicked the sentiment of French coach Zinedine Zidane as he appreciated the performance of Liverpool. The manager said that he respects Liverpool coach Klopp for taking his team through two finals since joining the club in 2015, even though he hasn’t met him personally.
The Spaniard said, “Finals are always special. I’d prefer if it had been Manchester United. You have to respect Liverpool a lot. I don’t believe it will be any easier. They deserve to be there. They remind me of Madrid three or four years ago. The three up front — very fast, powerful, I respect that. But Madrid are the best. We must be at our level while respecting the opponent.”
When asked about his best moments during the game, he said that it was difficult to pick one moment. He played 12 games and scored 15 goals in this Champions League season, calling the entire competition ‘special’ and suggesting that he loves the competitions because of the big games.
Zidane, on the other hand, is confident that Gareth Bale, along with Ronaldo and Benzema will be able to make some big breakthroughs for the team. After praising the opposition, Bale also suggested that they are very determined to win the game. It could be another great night for the Spanish club, especially after having a great few seasons with title runs.
They are also the defending champions for the trophy.