Champions League final: I am not a Galactico – Cristiano Ronaldo

Ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League final against Juventus on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is a Galactico.

The 32-year-old is hoping to play a big part, as Madrid seek to win the trophy for the second consecutive year and the third time in four years.

Ronaldo maintains his scoring prowess is not more than natural ability and instinct.

“I’m not a typical player who likes to look at videos because I think that things come naturally. Obviously it’s important to know one or two points but not to obsess,” Ronaldo, who has 40 goals in all competitions this season, said.

“For example, in penalties, thinking about which side you shoot more towards: When you’re there, a lot of things go through your head and it’s one moment to decide. It’s instinct. And that’s why I don’t really like to plan what I’m going to do.

“A penalty in the final? It’s not fear. I like to take risks. It’s a calculated risk, not life or death. I can score or miss.

“But I’m not going to miss. You have to think positively. That’s the difference between good players, very good players and galacticos.

“I don’t consider myself a galactico. But I consider myself a player who has created history in Manchester, Madrid and with the national team.”


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