Huge relief for Real Madrid camp as their star player is confirmed fit for Champions League final.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will play in the Champions League final against Liverpool. Real Madrid’s star player was injured in the first half with a sprained ankle against Barcelona on Sunday. He was substituted at half time.
“Everyone will be okay for the final – Cristiano, Isco and Carvajal,” Football website Mirror quoted Zidane as saying.
Real Madrid will play Liverpool in the Champions League final on 26 May at Kiev. Zidane, however, has said that Ronaldo’s return before the final game of the season is still in doubt. “It would be perfect to have everyone ready for that final La Liga game,” Zidane said.
Ronaldo received a blow to his ankle 15 minutes into the game against Barcelona on Sunday, when he was caught by Barcelona’s defender Gerard Pique. He was later replaced at half time by Marco Asensio.
Spanish football-based website Marca previously reported that Ronaldo won’t play the next two La Liga games against Sevilla and Celta Vigo. They also said that he prepares to ensure his fitness for the Champions League final against Liverpool.
The rest of the La Liga season is not fairly relevant for Real Madrid with comparison to their Champions League run. Zidane would hence intend to give rest to his star player before the final.
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the highest goalscorer in the Champions League this season, with 15 goals in 12 games. Real Madrid will hope to win their third consecutive Champions League title this season, taking their overall tally of 13.