Champions League final: Zidane to start Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo against Liverpool

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The 25-year-old has won the PFA and FWA Player of the Season awards and been tipped to become this year the first player since Kaká in 2007 to beat Ronaldo or Messi to the Ballon d'Or.

They're relaxed in Real Madrid before this final.

The Egypt global has one more chance to catch Rush against Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday when Liverpool aim to win the European Cup for a sixth time.

BT Sport have had exclusive rights to both the Champions League and Europa League since last season and will be the only place to watch the final.

Liverpool can win this game and they can lift the European Cup, but they may need a little bit of help and complacency from Real Madrid in order to do so.

Victory over Juergen Klopp's side in Kiev will see them become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the competition three years in a row.

Klopp's players are lucky to be at the club at a time when a team have gelled together wonderfully well and there is no reason why they can't now be crowned as champions of Europe.

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Salah is a top player, that's clear.

Fans are gathering in the Ukrainian capital Kiev for the biggest event in the footballing calendar - the European Champions League final. There are players who are in fashion, those who come and go and others who stay around. "Not only are we a really good football team, it's in the club's DNA to go for the big things". Having dismantled the Serie A side 5-2 in the first leg in a brilliant display of attacking football, the Merseysiders conceded two late goals to lose the return leg 4-2 but never looked in danger of being knocked out.

Meanwhile, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane tempered expectations.

A Champions League final is uncharted territory for the Liverpool squad, if not manager Jurgen Klopp who finished as a runner-up with Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 final.

Many Muslim footballers and athletes often have to make a choice on whether to strictly observe Ramadan ahead and during professional engagements that fall within this month.

While two United greats have pleaded to Real Madrid to stop Liverpool from glory, legendary United defender Paul Scholes recently came down heavily on Jose Mourinho's side saying how the desperation for Liverpool to not win the Champions League shows "how far Manchester United have fallen".

What makes this such a fascinating final is that should that happen and Liverpool race into a lead, there's still the belief that Madrid have the ability to chase them down and Premier League side have the tendency to give up chances.

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