Real Madrid vs. Liverpool UEFA Champions League final Real Madrid vs Liverpool, LIVE score and updates: Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah start.
Liverpool ran out to a huge roar from their fans. Spine-tingling. In unison, they were twirling their scarfs before belting out another rendition of ‘Allez, Allez, Allez.’ Cristiano Ronaldo was the last player to enter the pitch. He looks very focused. These are the games he lives for, remember. Not my words, but Zidane’s. Madrid’s players look relaxed.
Sport has begun its coverage by introducing us to three Champions League-winning captains who make up its studio punditry team: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Frank and Rio have Benitez-esque barber shop quartet waistcoats on. Gerrard opts for a less ostentatiously Jacomo look. And BT will delight all of you who are subscription strangers to its prime product with Glenn Hoddle and Steve McManaman in the dual co-commentator role.
Real Madrid the favourites to win a third consecutive European Cup and the first to a hat-trick of successive wins. They’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo, after all, who scored in the final for Manchester United 10 years ago to win his first and has won with Real in 2014, 2016 and 2017, as well as the impeccably elusive Isco, Sergio Ramos (captain, talisman, indomitable aerial predator), menacing marauder Marcelo et al.