Champions League Final will be shaped by Costa and Ronaldo, says three...

Champions League Final will be shaped by Costa and Ronaldo, says three time champion


Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes believes this weekend’s Champions League final will be decided by the performances of Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa.

Morientes won the Champions League on three occasions as a player for Los Blancos and was also a runner-up in the 2004 final with Monaco.

“When you think about who could really make the difference on the night, the forwards stand out, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Costa the most dangerous,” he told

Costa, however, is facing a tough task to be fit for the final after limping off during the first half as Atletico won La Liga for the first time since 1996 at the Nou Camp on Saturday.

The naturalised Spaniard suffered a small hamstring tear that would usually sideline a player for around two weeks, but is undergoing treatment in Serbia in an attempt to be fit for the match.

Morientes also indicated that although the match may be won and lost upfront, there are also many other important aspects to the game for each side.

He added: “You have to appreciate other areas of the pitch. Sergio Ramos and Pepe are crucial at the back for Real Madrid. For Atletico it’s the midfield, where Gabi and Arda Turan have brought good balance to their play.”