Salah v Ronaldo: Who’s had a bigger impact in this season’s Champions League?
After a stunning first season at Anfield, Liverpool will be looking to Mohamed Salah to fire them to victory in Saturday’s Champions League final.
But Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid are targeting a third straight triumph in Europe’s biggest club competition.
Salah and Ronaldo will be the centre of attention in Kiev. Either of them can conjure a match-winning moment out of nowhere. But who’s been more impressive in Europe this season? We’ve taken a look…
The Road to Kiev
Ronaldo stands head and shoulders above the rest with 15 goals in Europe this term. He also set a record by scoring in 11 consecutive Champions League games.
Real have had a very tough path to Kiev. They’ve knocked out the champions of France, Italy and Germany along the way.
Ronaldo got their first goal in both legs of the last-16 and quarter-finals. But he didn’t get on the scoresheet in either leg of the semi-final against Bayern Munich surprisingly.
Salah is the joint-second top scorer with 10 goals. Unlike Ronaldo, he’s scored against every team he’s faced in Europe.
They’ve been big goals too, especially against Manchester City in the quarter-finals. Salah got the opener at Anfield to give the Reds the momentum. Then, when City threatened to comeback in the second-leg, Salah’s strike essentially ended the tie.
Ronaldo may have more goals, but he plays in a stronger side with unrivalled European pedigree. Few people expected Liverpool to make it this far. And Salah is one of the biggest reasons why they have.
Of course, the player that helps his side to win the final is who will be remembered as the star of the season.
Who’ll make the difference?
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