When Cristiano Ronaldo limped out of Real Madrid training on Tuesday afternoon, fans were, unsurprisingly, very worried.
The Portuguese superstar has been struggling with a niggle over the past few weeks and was attempting to prove his fitness ahead of this weekend’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.
But, during an open training session for the media, Ronaldo was pushed by Dani Carvajal into goalkeeper Kiko Casilla. The forward collapsed to the ground before hobbling off.
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He suffered a slight hamstring strain last month which meant he had to sit out of his side’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City.
Earlier, Zinedine Zidane dismissed suggestions that Ronaldo was facing a fight to be fit for the final.
"There will be no problem. He felt something on Saturday when we had a game between us and he didn't play as a precaution,” he said, per Sky Sports.
"He will be ready for Saturday and I think we are in good shape physically."
However, when Ronaldo was receiving treatment during training, the Frenchman - along with everyone else associated with Los Blancos - must have been fearing the worst.
But Ronaldo has sent a message to calm the fears of all Madrid fans.
“I had a problem in training,” he told RealMadrid TV, per AS.
“A bocadillo (a big bruise) as they say in Spain. But I’ll be fine by tomorrow or the day after.”
Once he had explained his injury, Ronaldo turned his focus on the upcoming final and claimed that winning their 11th Champions League trophy would turn their campaign into a success.
“I’m relaxed. We’re training well, and we’ll certainly be prepared. We’re in a good moment after finishing the league in great form. A win on Saturday would make our season,” he said.
The clash is, of course, a repeat of the 2013/14 final where Real Madrid triumphed 4-1 after extra-time. However, Ronaldo, who scored the last goal in that final, expects a very different match in Milan on Saturday.
“Our experience is very important. Maybe we have an advantage in that respect, but that doesn’t mean everything. We’re expecting a completely unique type of match. Atletico are going to want to win, but be we can’t allow them to. We’re going to be better than them, more intense, and I’m confident we’ll come out on top,” he added.
While Ronaldo will be hoping to help his side triumph, he will also be aiming to break an individual record. He has, incredibly, scored 16 goals in this season’s Champions League with a goal in the final equalling his record from two years ago. While he admitted that he’d love to beat it, he knows winning the trophy is the most important thing.
“It would be amazing to equal or surpass it, but records happen naturally, I’m not obsessed by them. The most important thing is to win.”
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