Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing up yet another Champions League record ahead of the showdown with rivals Atletico Madrid, as the 31-year-old looks to become the first player to score in three finals.
The Madrid forward is preparing himself for his fourth appearance in the European showpiece, having added to his impressive Champions League tally in both of his two previous triumphs and the Portuguese star is in good stead to set another record in the competition against Madrid’s local rivals.
Ronaldo can already boast being the all-time top scorer in the competition’s history with 93 goals, surpassing Lionel Messi’s current total of 83, becoming the first player to reach double figures in the group stage with his 11 goals this season.
The 2015/2016 final will be Ronaldo’s fourth final appearance on the Champions League grand stage, after two outings with Manchester United and one victorious night with Madrid in 2014. Just one more goal against Atletico will match his record return of 17 goals in a single Champions League campaign.
Ronaldo during Manchester United’s triumph over Chelsea in 2008, scoring the opening goal as the game went to penalties in Moscow. The Madrid talisman was eager to get his name on scoresheet in 2014, adding a last-minute penalty in extra time as Atletico were beaten 4-1.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner will finish as the Champions League’s top scorer for a fifth time this season, matching Lionel Messi’s record – the only record the Argentinian holds over him will be for total final appearances.
Paolo Maldini holds the record with six final outings, while Edwin van der Sar, Clarence Seedorf and Patrice Evra each boast five.