Cristiano Ronaldo says he will be able to participate in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday after getting out from training session on Tuesday. The Real Madrid striker left the ground with a thigh issue taking after a collision with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. “It was a slight shock, a thump, however in a couple of days I will be fine,” said Ronaldo, who has scored 51 goals so far in this season. Real and Atletico Madrid’s game in Milan this weekend will be a repeat of the 2014 final, in which Real Madrid beat city rivals by 4-1.
31-year-old Portugal international has been tormented by a thigh injury that constrained him to miss three matches in April. He left the pitch at half-time during Real’s last La Liga match of the season. The thigh that has hindered his late-season involvement is inspected. The absence of Ronaldo from the starting XI would be a major setback to Real Madrid’s expectations of winning an 11th Champions League title. When he was 23 years old in 2008, Ronaldo won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards.
Then he was selected for the FIFA Ballon d’Or award in 2013 and 2014. Last year, in September, Cristiano Ronaldo achieved the milestone of 500 senior career goals for club and national team. Frequently he ranked as the best player on the world and appraised by some in the game as the best ever, in 2015 Ronaldo was selected as the best Portuguese player ever by the Portuguese Football Federation, in its 100th anniversary festivities.
Ronaldo is the first player to win four European Golden Shoe awards. With Manchester United and Real Madrid, he has won four league titles, three domestic football cups, two Football League Cups, two UEFA Champions Leagues, one UEFA Super Cup, one FA Community Shield, one Spanish Super Cup and two FIFA Club World Cups. Other than the above mentioned honours, Ronaldo has a very long list of individual awards. He started his club career playing for Sporting CP in August 2002. In 2003 joined Manchester United for £12.2 m, before signing for Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth £80 m (World record at that time).