Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that he would have preferred his side to clash with Manchester United, and not Liverpool, in this Saturday’s Champions League final in Kiev.
Ronaldo, who spent six years at United, admitted that Liverpool have a powerful attack.
The 33-year-old, however, said that the Los Blancos will need to be at their best to beat Jurgen Klopp’s men.
“Finals are always special occasions. I would have preferred it to be Manchester United,” Ronaldo told Real Madrid TV.
“But Liverpool deserve respect. We’re not going to have it easy. They deserve to be in the final.
“They remind me of Madrid three or four years ago. Their three front players, they’re very quick… they are powerful in attack and I respect them.
“But Madrid are better. We have to play to our level, but we also have to respect the opposition.”