Which African player can win the 2017 Champions League title?

Lynette Rowe
September 13, 2017

Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all begin their group stage campaigns in the Champions League on Wednesday, with holders Real Madrid also beginning their title defence. But Nicosia is not so much a task for Madrid to tackle but must be tired of similar fate they suffered from Levante though Ronaldo would back to solve the goal scoring problems for them.

No manager has won the Champions League three times in succession so Zinedine Zidane will be out to make history, and has the competition's record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo available despite serving a domestic ban.

The news was confirmed in a club statement which confirmed that former youth-team centre-forward Borja Mayoral, 20, was included to cover the absence of Karim Benzema, who faces a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Defender Raphael Varane returns from an adductor muscle problem. We can not talk about dependency, what I want is for all the players to be available for the coach.

Speaking on Ronaldo's return, Zidane said, "He is doing well, focussed. We are happy to have him back, physically he is very fit, and mentally with all that has happened, all the talk, he is very good".

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But despite the fitness concerns hampering the squad, goalkeeper Keylor Navas has stressed the importance of having Ronaldo back in the side.

One of the biggest draws of the Champions League is the fact the world's brightest stars are all on display, fighting each other for the tag of the tournament's top scorer. "I am happy to see him again on field", he added.

The champions of La Liga last season, Madrid enter with an 87 percent chance of reaching the round of 16, according to ESPN's Soccer Power Index (SPI), and a 14 percent chance of winning the competition - behind only Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Europa League winners Manchester United may be England's best bet, as Jose Mourinho seeks to become the first manger to win the competition with three separate clubs. "We're all excited to have him back with us". I recall that for the first time the teams met in the 2011/12 season at the quarterfinals of the Champions League, and the victory in the sum of two matches was for the "royal club" 8: 2.

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