Even ‘best ever’ Ronaldo has weaknesses – Alexander-Arnold

The teenager is well aware of the Portuguese superstar’s quality but says that he can be stopped from having an impact

Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold says that Cristiano Ronaldo may be one of football’s all-time greats, but he is not perfect.

The 19-year-old is preparing himself for the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday, when the Reds will meet Ronaldo’s Real Madrid.

It will be the biggest night of the teenager’s career to date, but he is optimistic that he can rise to the challenge of nullifying the most prolific attacker in Champions League history.

“He’s one of the best players ever,” he told AFP. “He’s done unbelievable things in the game, but he’s got weaknesses as well, as every player has.

“On Saturday we’ll try to exploit them and stop him from doing what he does best, to stop him from scoring.”

Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, pointed out that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is not the only menace at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal before the weekend’s fixture.

“It is not just a one-man team either,” he said. “They’ve got other threats too and unbelievable squad depth.

“Even coming off the bench they’ve got world-class players, so it will be tough for everyone on the pitch and everyone will have the task of a direct opponent who is world class. It will be tough, but we’re excited for it.”

The right-back has featured 33 times for Liverpool this season, with the showpiece set to be just his 10th appearance in the competition proper. It could also represent the youngster’s first ever senior trophy.


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