Chris Gayle has made his prediction for the 2017 UEFA Champions League final and it looks good for Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo Image: AFP
West Indian talisman Chris Gayle, who is an ardent fan of Real Madrid, has put his money behind the Spanish football giants, saying star forward Christiano Ronaldo will get them their record 12th Champions League title this time.
The Los Blancos will take on Serie A giants Juventus in the clash of the most coveted trophy in European club football in Cardiff on June 4.
This will be the 19th meeting between two of the continents' biggest clubs -- all in the European Cup. And with eight wins for each team -- there is nothing to separate the two.
"I love Real Madrid straight and its 100 per cent without saying. Its a great team and I am supporting it," Gayle told IANS on the sidelines of a promotional event.
With Juventus being European champions twice, Real Madrid have won the trophy 11 times.
Despite being a Madrista, the 37-year-old cricketer also praised the Italian giants.
With the famed defensive trio of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini proving a tough nut to crack, Gayle was confident Portuguese superstar Ronaldo will strike again, like he did with a hat-trick each in the quarter-finals and semi-finals against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid respectively.
"Juventus is also a good team. They have one of the best defence. So It's gonna be a good match and I am looking forward to it as well," the left-handed batsman said.
"CR7 (Ronaldo) will definitely click in the final and so will Isco. It would be nice if he will finish like that (hat-trick) in the final," he added.
He also said Real Madrid's midfielder Isco will play an important role in the much-awaited final.