Cristiano Ronaldo brushes aside Mo Salah comparisons ahead of Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo brushes aside Mo Salah comparisons ahead of Champions League final

Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed recent comparisons between himself Mohamed Salah, insisting they are both “completely different players”.

Both Ronaldo and Salah have managed 44 goals each in all competitions this season for Real Madrid and Liverpool respectively, making them Europe’s joint second top scorers behind Lionel Messi, who has scored 45.

Salah’s maiden campaign at Anfield, in which he won the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals, breaking Ronaldo’s top flight scoring record in the process, has seen the Egyptian draw comparisons to the Real Madrid forward.

Ronaldo however, who has managed 40+ goals in each of the last eight seasons, has dismissed any such comparisons between himself and Liverpool’s Egyptian King.

“It’s completely different. He plays with the left [foot], I play with the right. I’m tall, he’s a little bit shorter,” he told BT Sport.

“I play with the head. We are completely different. People want to compare me with another player but I’m different than anyone.

“Salah is different than the others one, we are different. But he is doing a fantastic Champions League [season], fantastic league [season], fantastic season.

“But Saturday, let’s see what’s going to happen.”

The two face off this Saturday when Madrid meet Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev.

Ronaldo will be hoping to secure his third consecutive title and fourth in five years, however the former Manchester United star knows it will be a difficult task to topple Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The 33-year-old said: “I’m always motivated even if it’s my first Champions League or second, I’m motivated.

“Because it’s the most important trophy in terms of club [level]. I’m really excited and we have the opportunity again to win the Champions League.

“We are very excited and motivated. We know it’s going to be a battle but we are prepared.”

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