'I love Him, He Looks Like Messi' - Ronaldo Praises Mo Salah

Danny Woods
May 27, 2018

Bale's first was an "I-was-there" goal, one to rival Zinédine Zidane, Mario Mandžukić and any other you care to name as the best in final history.

The 24-year-old German, signed by Klopp from Mainz in 2016, was abysmal - handing Karim Benzema the opener with a careless throw out that bounced in off the forward, before spilling a routine save from Gareth Bale into his own net in the closing minutes. Liverpool players were inconsolable at full time, needless to say, but once the pain of defeat subsides they can look back with vast pride at their achievements in the competition this term. We played good football but we lost 3-1 so I don't think in 10 years people will talk about that.

Blame Sergio Ramos for that, although the foul that ended Salah's final was not the Madrid defender at his most cynical.

Watch Real Madrid v Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4KUHD or for free on BT Sport YouTube, the BT Sport app and btsport.com, from 6pm on Saturday 26th May. Salah rose, but only to leave the field to make way for Adam Lallana.

Four minutes later, the tears were flowing down the face of Carvajal after the Madrid right back appeared to injure a hamstring while attempting a back-heel.

Real Madrid celebrate winning the Champions League with the trophy
Real Madrid celebrate winning the Champions League with the trophy

It was too much for Liverpool to overcome and Real confidently saw out the final minutes to begin a celebration that has become an annual occurrence in the Spanish capital. They also look more secure aerially, which was a big concern earlier in the season. "We're in a third final and we have the chance to do something historic", he said.

Meanwhile, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane tempered expectations.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez played down a public rift with Ronaldo when asked about Ronaldo's comments, but said the interests of the football club remained above those of any individual. "I came to this great club to win titles and it is going to be a special day". "I felt like I deserved it".

Bale scored twice during the 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev, slamming home an outrageous overhead kick and beating Loris Karius with a long-range strike.

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