Best pictures as Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team-mates train before Champions League final

Sport360 staff 26/05/2018
Star man: Club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid are closing in on their third consecutive Champions League triumph.

Los Blancos face Liverpool on Saturday night in Kiev and geared up for the showpiece finale with a training session at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium.

Here, we look at the best pictures ahead of the mouthwatering clash.

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10:41pm – Former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker Ronaldo weighs in on Neymar links to Los Blancos

Former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker Ronaldo, who is among a select group of players to have featured for both clubs, has weighed in on the rumours linking compatriot Neymar with a move to the Spanish capital.

A move to their bitter rivals would no doubt rankle Barca fans, especially after the contentious way the Brazilian left the club to join PSG last summer.
See what the Brazilian had to say here.
Ronaldo played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Ronaldo played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

7:45pm – Set-pieces among Real Madrid’s strengths ahead of Champions League final

The Champions League final serves up an intriguing battle as Real Madrid and Liverpool go head-to-head on Saturday.

Los Blancos are the seasoned pros in the competition but the Reds have plenty to offer as well.

Take a look at Brendon Netto’s piece as he looks at the strengths and weaknesses of both sides ahead of their clash in Kiev.

6:30pm – Cristiano Ronaldo looks in prime condition ahead of Saturday’s final

There has been a lot of speculation on the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo leading up to the Champions League final but the Portuguese star looked in prime shape prior to the team’s departure for Kiev. See the pictures here. 

4:30pm – Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham speak on how special it is to play in the Champions League for Real Madrid

The icons got together before the crucial Champions League final and relived the memories of the premier club continental competition. Watch what they said here.

Icons: David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane (right)

Icons: David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane (right)

3.50pm – Raul and Zinedine Zidane among top five European Cup legends

Los Blancos are searching for their 14th European Cup success on Saturday and over the course, there have been plenty of stars to have played a significant role in dominating Europe. Our man, Stuart Appleby has picked five legends who were instrumental in the club’s successes. Find out who he chose here

12:10pm – Relive the club’s dramatic road to the Champions League final

Zinedine Zidane and his team have already arrived in Kiev for the big final on Saturday. It was a long way back when Real Madrid began their title defence in September. With one game to go, read here how Los Blancos reached the showpiece decider in Ukraine. 

10:50am – Marco Asensio is a man in demand

The Real Madrid star has been catching the attention of some leading clubs but his agent told media that Los Blancos have no plans to let him go, turning down two offers already. Read more here.

Not going nowhere: Marco Asensio of Real Madrid

Not going nowhere: Marco Asensio of Real Madrid

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Prolific goalscorers: Salah cited Brazil's Ronaldo as one of his idols.

Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has praised Liverpool‘s Mohamed Salah ahead of the two sides’ Champions League final clash on Saturday.

Salah has cited Ronaldo as one of his idols growing up, and the Brazilian showed the admiration is mutual, comparing the Liverpool talisman to Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi.

“With Liverpool, I love Salah, he’s an incredible player with a tremendous quality and I think he is very similar to Messi,” Ronaldo told Cope’s ‘El Partidazo’ programme. “I recently read him say that I was his inspiration and I was very excited and happy to see that.”

Ronaldo will not be attending Saturday’s final in Kiev, but has backed his old side to prevail against a dangerous Liverpool team.

“I think the result will be 3-2 to Madrid and, if they win the final, it will be an unprecedented event in the club’s history,” he said.”There were doubts during the year, but I’m very optimistic about the chance to achieve something historic.”

Turning his thoughts to this summer’s World Cup, which Ronaldo won in 2002, the Brazilian singled out Spain rather than Germany as the biggest threat to his country’s chances in Russia, where Ronaldo will be working for FIFA and Brazilian TV.

“The Germans are very strong but Spain are a great team because they are so aggressive, compact and fast,” the former Madrid, Barca, Inter Milan and AC Milan star said.”They are Brazil’s biggest rival for the World Cup.”

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