Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema came close to setting a new record during his team’s match with Liverpool in the Champions League final this evening.
Karim Benzema, who will turn 34 years and 160 days old on match day, could become the second-oldest player to score in a Champions League final, after Paolo Maldini with Milan in 2005 (36 and 333 days, against Liverpool).
Liverpool and Real Madrid
Liverpool managed to snatch the first card by qualifying for the Champions League final at the expense of Villarreal, after the Reds won the first leg 2-0 and 3-2 back.
On the other hand, Real Madrid booked the second card in the final after the overthrow of the English giant Manchester.
Mo Salah, however, very much will. The Liverpool star has spoken often and loudly about his desire to enact revenge on Madrid after his final in Kiev was ended early following a clash with Ramos. Whether or not he will be able to is up for debate.
Liverpool might be one of Europe’s leading sides and, for many, head into the final as favourites but Madrid’s route to Paris has been perhaps the most dramatic in the competition’s recent history.