Cristiano Ronaldo 'OK' as Real Madrid Prepare for Champions League Final

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2018

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 06:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Barcelona looks on before the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou on May 6, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has offered another indication he will be fit for the UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool on May 27. 

The forward posted the following on social media on Tuesday as Los Blancos prepare for their final game of the La Liga season against Villarreal, suggesting he is "OK":

It's been confirmed Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal will both be in the squad for the clash this weekend, per Managing Madrid. The club posted the following clip of the pair in action:

There have been some lingering fears about Ronaldo's fitness after he was withdrawn from the recent 2-2 draw with Barcelona with an ankle problem. The Portuguese has sat out Madrid's last two La Liga matches against Sevilla and Celta Vigo.

However, it appears as though the 33-year-old may be ready to feature this weekend ahead of the massive showdown with Liverpool in Kiev. He posted the following last week suggesting he's ready to play again:

Pulses would've quickened among Madrid supporters when Ronaldo rolled his ankle in the game at the Camp Nou. He fell awkwardly while netting an equaliser for the team.

After all, while this Madrid team is bristling with world-class talent, the Portuguese has long been a talisman for the side, scoring crucial goals as Los Blancos have romped to three Champions League titles in the last four years.

Ronaldo suffered a knock against Barcelona.
Ronaldo suffered a knock against Barcelona.Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Ronaldo has been important to Madrid getting the chance to make it four in five years and potentially three in a row. While he didn't start the season in great goalscoring shape, the former Manchester United man has found another level in 2018.

In Europe he has come alive, particularly in the knockout stages. Per OptaJean, there's no doubt Ronaldo is the man for the big occasion:

When Madrid take to the field in Kiev the Portuguese is a player his team-mates can look to. Ronaldo showed as much last season in the final, as he netted twice against Juventus in a dominant 4-1 win for Los Blancos.

Having someone capable of changing a game in an instant is important in matches like this. Liverpool have one in the form of Mohamed Salah, who has established himself as one of the world's best this season, netting an incredible 32 Premier League goals and shining in the semi-finals of this competition against Roma.

While Real may not have been as impressive en route to the showpiece this season as they have been in previous years, with the Portuguese on the pitch they have an excellent chance of winning any game.

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