Champions League final: History beckons Cristiano Ronaldo in Kiev


"He's fine. You have to know something, he lives for games like this", said Zinedine Zidane, who can become the first coach to win three consecutive Champions League titles.

Liverpool are attempting to win the European title for a sixth time tonight but they face a tough task against Champions League holders Real Madrid, who are aiming for a third successive victory and 13th overall. A dramatic quarter-final against Juventus finished 4-3 in their favour following a dramatic late penalty from Ronaldo, then edging past Bayern Munich in the semi-finals to seal their spot in the Champions League final.

These two teams haven't met in the Champions League Final since 1981.

The screens also confirmed both teams will play in their traditional home colours as Serbian referee Milorad Mazic takes charge of the proceedings.

Real Madrid, who play in Spain's La Liga, are led by Portuguese star Christiano Ronaldo in the attack.

"Right now I have a biological age of 23", the five-times world player of the year said in an interview with Spanish television program El Chiringuito broadcast on Wednesday.

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Having become the first side to successfully defend the trophy since the inception of the Champions League last season, Real Madrid is bidding to become the first team to win the tournament three times in a row since Bayern Munich achieved the feat between 1974 and 1976. "Being in the final is marvellous, we need to enjoy it".

"Salah is a top player, that's clear".

"The power we had against Manchester City for example, it was big balls football".

Don't fear the prospect of a Champions League final and instead look at it as a night when your career can be defined, the one game that can turn you into a hero forever more.

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). "It's another final and we have the same chance of winning it as they do", Zidane told a news conference on Friday.

"We are Liverpool and we are not just a good team, this club has in its DNA that we can really go for the big things".