Liverpool-Real Madrid: How Mo Salah fever has gripped Africa

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 26, 2018

"Comparing players with Ronaldo and Messi is something you can't do, they're in another orbit", Ramos said.

Ballon d'Or battle? The victor of Saturday's Champions League final could decide whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Mohamed Salah win World Player of the Year.

"You analyse Real Madrid playing in other games against other teams and you think "wow, they are really strong", but they never played us".

Brazilian fullback Marcelo has been pinpointed as a weak link in the Madrid defence and he often appears to be a frustrated winger who often finds himself caught out of position when Real lose the ball.

Real Madrid are preparing to fight it out in their fourth Champions League final in the last five years. "Nobody expected us to be here but we are here because we are Liverpool". This club has in its DNA that we can really go for the big things. I'm interested in performing. "Messi and Ronaldo deserve all the praise because they were constantly over years on that level".

"We have to treat tomorrow as if it's our first Champions League final. This season was exceptional, unbelievable so far".

Liverpool have excelled in the transfer market in the recent windows, with Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all enjoying impressive debut seasons at the club.

Salah is a devout Muslim and has abstained from food and drink during daylight hours since May 16 for Ramadan.

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Liverpool-Real Madrid: How Mo Salah fever has gripped Africa

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"Religion is private, that is how I understand it, so nothing to say about that", he stated.

Zidane has won the tournament twice, with the Spanish side on both occasions.

"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.

In the same Real Madrid video, Zidane explained what it meant to be part of a European night in that pure white jersey.

The Reds will be desperate to add a sixth European Cup to their cabinet, particularly as they have lifted just two trophies since they became European champions in 2005, when they famously came back from 3-0 down at halftime to beat AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul.

But Madrid have a special relationship with the Champions League and they made light work of the PSG challenge before going on to grind out narrow victories over Juventus and Bayern Munich.

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