Ronaldo shrugs off injury fears, lives for Champions League final


KIEV, Ukraine – Cristiano Ronaldo is fit and ready to shine again in a Champions League final, believes Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane as the Spanish giants go for a 3rd straight European Cup against Liverpool on Saturday, May 26 (Sunday, May 27 in Manila).

Ronaldo can join an elite group of just 10 other players to win 5 European Cups should Madrid win in Kiev.

The Portuguese became just the second player after legendary Real forward Alfredo di Stefano to score in 3 different finals by netting twice in a 4-1 rout of Juventus last season to deliver Madrid's 12th European crown.

And he shrugged off fears over an ankle injury picked up in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Barcelona earlier this month by scoring on his return against Villarreal as Madrid wrapped up a disappointing domestic season in La Liga last weekend. 

"He's fine. If he is just 140 percent it's no problem," said Zidane when asked if Ronaldo is 150 percent ready. 

"We'll have our final training session today and it is the last game of the season. You have to know something, he lives for games like this. We will see that tomorrow."

The contrast in experience between the sides couldn't be greater as Liverpool return to the final after an 11-year wait with no player in their squad who has previously played in a Champions League final.

However, Zidane rejected suggestions his side are the overwhelming favorites to become the first team to win 3 in a row for 42 years.

"People can say what they like, but we are not favorites, nor are Liverpool," added Zidane. 

"As always in a final it is 50-50. We need to play very well to win the game and inside the dressing room we know we are not favorites." –