Team News: Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Real Madrid in Champions League final against Atletico

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his first during the La Liga game between Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid on May 14, 2016

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Cristiano Ronaldo will start for Real Madrid in tonight’s Champions League final against local rivals Atletico Madrid at the San Siro in Milan.

The three-time Ballon d’Or winner sparked injury concern earlier this week when he limped out of training with a thigh strain, but he and his manager Zinedine Zidane played down fears that he would miss the European showpiece.

It appears that the Portugal captain is ready to compete as he has been named in an attacking trio, including Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Raphael Varane was ruled out of the clash last week due to injury, so, Sergio Ramos and Pepe will marshall the centre of defence, with Dani Carvajal and Marcelo in the full-back positions.

As expected, Keylor Navas takes his place in goal, while Casemiro will hold the midfield, with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric providing support.

As for Atletico, there is one surprise inclusion in the first XI as head coach Diego Simeone has selected Stefan Savic instead of Jose Gimenez in defence.

Goalkeeper Jan Oblak will be protected by a back four of Filipe Luis, Diego Godin, Savic and Juanfran, while Gabi, Augusto Fernandez, Koke and Saul Niguez start in midfield.

Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres will lead the line for Atletico, who are on the hunt for revenge after losing the 2014 final to their neighbours in Lisbon.

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema
Subs: Kiko Casilla, Nacho, James, Vazquez, Jese, Isco, Danilo

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Filipe Luis, Godin, Savic, Juanfran; Gabi, Fernandez, Koke, Saul Niguez; Griezmann, Torres

More to follow.

Source: Sportsmole – Champions League

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