Liverpool are bidding to win their sixth European title when they face the might of Madrid in this season’s Champions League final in Kiev.
Alonso, the two-time Formula One world champion, is a lifelong supporter of Madrid, and will watch the showpiece unfold after he has finished qualifying for Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix.
McLaren are Britain’s most successful F1 team, and their staff is made up predominantly of English employees.
“I guess there will be Liverpool supporters in the team and I will find that out on Saturday night,” Alonso, 36, said.
“I am a Real Madrid fan and a Real Madrid member so I hope they can win on Saturday but it is going to be very tight and it will not be straightforward.
“I am in an English team so there will be a lot of mechanics and engineers who support Liverpool, but that is something I will have to deal with this weekend.
“It is going to be an interesting match. They are two of the best teams in Europe – have 17 Champions League titles between them – so it cannot be a better final than this one.”
It seems the whole world is heading to Kyiv and one famous face who is already on the way is Homeland and Billions star – Damien Lewis.
Lewis, who is a lifelong Liverpool fan, has posted a video on his Twitter account on the way to the airport. He opens with a huge smile on his face then says: “Champions League Final tomorrow, in Kiv. I’m going.”
“Thanks to Liverpool Football club, the greatest club in the land. World…? Yes, why not world. Go you Red Men.”
The Emmy and Golden Globe award winning actor then bursts into a version of the popular supporter’s song ‘Salah, oh Mane Mane’ complete with a few bursts of audacious mouth trumpet.
Check out the video below.
Maybe it might encourage some other famous Liverpool fans like Daniel Craig, Samuel L Jackson and Mike Myers to show their support for the Reds prior to kickoff.
Here we take a look at some key stats ahead of the all-important encounter.
– Real Madrid can win their 13th Champions Cup/Champions League, extending their record for most. AC Milan have won the competition seven times. Liverpool, FC Barcelona and Bayern München each have five wins.
– Real have a perfect record in CL finals: six wins from six matches. The last time they lost a CC/CL final was in 1980/81 when they were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool.
– Cristiano Ronaldo could win a record fifth Champions League trophy (since 1992/93). He is currently tied on four with Clarence Seedorf, Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué.
– Ronaldo is the Champions League’s all-time leading goalscorer on 120 goals (Lionel Messi next on 100).
– Benzema could become the first French goalscorer in a CL final since Zinédine Zidane for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.
– Marcelo and Casemiro can become the first Brazilians to win the CC/CL four times. Roberto Carlos, Dani Alves and Sávio all have three.
– Zinedine Zidane can become the first coach to win the CC/CL three times in a row.
– Zidane has a 100 per cent success rate in all 17 international knockout ties as manager since taking charge of Real Madrid in January 2016.
He guided his team through the Last 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final of the Champions League in 2015/16 and 2016/17, the European Super Cup in 2016 and 2017, the semifinals and final of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2016 and 2017, and the Last 16, quarterfinals and semifinals of this season’s CL.