Champions League Final Preview: Madrid masters served hot
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo says only winning matters tonight, while Atletico Madrid ace Fernando Torres insists it's the game of his life
Milan: While Cristiano Ronaldo insists personal goals will be put to aside as Real Madrid seek to embellish their incredible European record with victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final tonight, his counterpart in Atletico, Fernando Torres has labelled the clash as the game of his life.
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 35 goals in the Spanish league and 16 goals in the Champions league this season
Real have beaten Atletico only once in 10 meetings since the 2014 final where Atletico were nearly crowned champions of Europe for the first time two years ago, until Sergio Ramos’ (93rd min) header took the match into extra-time and Real won 4-1 to claim La Decima — their 10th title.
Torres, who won the top title with Chelsea in 2012, is ready to give it everything.
Atletico's Fernando Torres has scored 11 goals in the La Liga. His away goal dumped Barcelona out of this Champions League
"There’s no doubt, it’s the most important game I am ever going to play. With Chelsea and the Spanish national team I’ve won a lot of titles, but this is really special for me. To me it means everything. It’s the game of my life," said Torres, who returned to his childhood club in 2014 after an ill-fated spell in Serie A with AC Milan.
Atletico and Real made history in 2014 by becoming the first clubs from the same city to feature in the Champions League final, and Torres now wants to re-write history.
"This is a big opportunity for us to create history and we want to go out and write a new chapter."
Meanwhile, Real superstar Ronaldo, who has never scored a goal at the San Siro says, winning is all that matters tonight. "We will see who is the best. I am positive. Real are better than Atletico, but we have to show it on the pitch."
The scoreline by which Real Madrid beat French outfit Stade Reims in Paris in the inaugural edition of the Europe’s premier club tourney — European Champions Clubs Cup in 1956. The tournament later came to be known as the Champions League
The number of times Real Madrid have beaten Atletico Madrid in their last 12 competitive games. Both wins have come in the Champions League (4-1 in extra-time in the 2014 final & 1-0 in last season’s quarter-final second leg)
The number of clean sheets Atletico recorded in 56 games this season. They have also conceded just 18 goals in 38 Spanish League games — the least number of goals let in per match across the top five European leagues (Spain, Eng, Italy, Germany, France)
The number of goals Real Madrid has scored in the Champions League this season — the second-highest scoring team in this edition. Also, the Spanish giants have only conceded five goals in the tournament this season — the least in the competition