The Real Madrid star is relishing a tough test against their city rivals in Lisbon and admits “nothing is impossible” for Portugal at the World Cup
Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to extend his Champions League goal record in the final against Atletico Madrid – but insists the trophy itself is more important.
The 29-year-old broke Lionel Messi’s tally of 14 strikes in a single tournament this season, with his double in the semi-final win over Bayern Munich taking him to 16 for the 2013-14 campaign.
And Ronaldo has his sights set on adding to his remarkable scoring record in the final in Lisbon later this month – although he admits he would be delighted to see a team-mate score the winning goal.
“We’ve won the Copa del Rey, La Liga is difficult – although not impossible – and we are in the final of the Champions League. At the start of the season, we would have taken that,” he told reporters at a Samsung event when asked about Madrid’s season so far.
“We will play against a great side [in the Champions League final]. Finals are always 50-50 although we know we’re facing a great rival. We hope it’ll be a great night and that we win.
“They’re a fantastic team. They’re first in La Liga and that says a lot about them. It’s beautiful to have two Spanish teams in the final, and also Sevilla, who are in the Europa League final.
“The record is good, I beat it, and it’s in the past. Now what I want is to win the Champions League and score in the final, although if a team-mate scores that’s fine, the important thing is to win the trophy.”
Ronaldo is set to captain Portugal in the World Cup finals this summer and, while he believes Brazil and Spain are the favourites for the trophy, he believes “nothing is impossible” for his own side.
“Spain and Brazil are the great favourites. Portugal have to take it game by game, because, in football, nothing is impossible,” he added.
“I want to enjoy the World Cup in Brazil, it’s a brotherly country for me, and they speak my language.”