By the end of Saturday night, Gareth Bale could have two Champions League winners’ medals to his name.
The Welshman will start for Real Madrid at the San Siro, where Zinedine Zidane’s men go head-to-head with local rivals Atletico Madrid in a repeat of the 2014 Champions League final.
Atleti have knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich en route to this year’s final, but Gareth Bale has controversially claimed that none of Diego Simeone’s players would get in Los Blancos' first-choice XI.
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“To me, no Atletico player would feature in Real Madrid's team,” Bale told Cadena COPE's ‘El Partido de las 12’, per Goal.
Bale’s comments, unsurprisingly, have not gone down well on social media - and not just amongst the Atletico supporters. (Scroll down to see how Twitter has reacted).
Twitter reacts to Bale's comment
Which Atleti players would get in the Real team?
So, which Atleti players would make it into Real Madrid’s team?
Starting with the goalkeeper position, there’s an argument to suggest Jan Oblak would get in ahead of Keylor Navas.
The 23-year-old, who has been magnificent for the Colchoneros since Thibaut Courtois left the Vicente Calderon in 2014, won the Zamora trophy for most clean sheets kept in La Liga this season.
Atletico’s formidable back-four comprised of Filipe Luis, Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez and Juanfran would all be in with a shout, particularly the talismanic Godin.
Koke and Saul Niguez are midfielders who would challenge for a place in the Real XI, while the brilliant Antoine Griezmann might even get in over Bale himself.
Atletico - just as they were in 2014, when they won La Liga and reached the Champions League final - have been underdogs since the quarter-finals.
They remain the underdogs heading into this weekend’s final and one suspects that will suit Simeone and his men down to the ground.
Zidane isn't underestimating Simeone or Atletico
However, one man who isn’t underestimating Simeone or his troops is Zidane.
Ahead of Saturday’s final in Milan, the Frenchman described his Argentine counterpart as a complete manager.
“[Simeone] has everything,” Zidane was quoted as saying by the Mirror. “He has everything a coach has to have but above all he knows his team, his players, very well and that’s the most important thing.
“Simeone is one of the best coaches in the world.”
How many Atletico Madrid players would get in Real Madrid’s starting line-up? Have your say by leaving a comment below.
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