Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo played down fears over his fitness ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday after the three-time World Player of the Year limped off towards the end of training yesterday.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo lies on the ground after being injured during a training session in Madrid yesterday. pic/AFP
“I am fine. I had a little problem in training, a dead leg as they say here, but tomorrow or the next day I will be fine,” said Ronaldo, who will be aiming to break his own record of 17 Champions League goals in a season in Milan having already netted 16 in the competition so far this campaign.
His 17th two years ago came in the final against Atletico as Real ran out 4-1 winners after extra-time. “It would be nice to equal or even pass the record, but I am not obsessed with that because the most important thing is to win,” he added. And Ronaldo insisted Real will show they are the kings of the Spanish capital once more despite winning just once in 10 games against Atletico since lifting their 10th European Cup in Lisbon.
“We will see who is the best. I am positive. I think Real are better than Atletico, but we have to show it on the pitch.”
To do so Real must break down a rock solid Atletico defence that has kept 35 clean sheets in 56 games this season, including shutouts at home to Barcelona and Bayern Munich in dumping the Spanish and German champions out at the quarter-final and semi-final stages respectively.