cristiano Ronaldo has rejected any comparison with Mohamed Salah as two of the major stars of European football prepare to clash in this Saturday’s Champions League final.
Both Ronaldo and Salah have been in inspirational form for their respective clubs this season, with the former scoring 43 goals for Real Madrid and the latter hitting 44 for Liverpool.
Though both he and Salah are tipped to be in the running for the 2018 Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo says there is no comparison to be made between them, pointing towards their differing stature as a prime example.
Speaking to BT Sport, Ronaldo said: ‘People want to compare me with other players, I am different to everyone. Salah is different to everyone. So we are different.
‘He plays with the left, I play with the right, I’m tall, he’s a little bit shorter. I play with my head, you know – we are completely different. But I have to say he has had a fantastic season, but Saturday, let’s see.’
While Salah will be looking to win his first major European title, Ronaldo is hoping to lift the big-eared trophy for an incredible fifth time – a feat that would put him in the history books as the competition’s most successful player.
Always hungry for individual accolades, Ronaldo says it would be a ‘dream’ come true to set a new landmark for most Champions League wins by an individual player and says he is completely focused on the task in hand.
‘It is a special competition, in terms of me as an individual. I love to play in the Champions League.
‘It will be a dream if we, and I personally win my fifth Champions League. It will be unbelievable. I just want to be focused on Saturday and try to win this amazing trophy.’