Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo says he would welcome the chance to face his former club Real Madrid in the final of the 2019-20 Champions League.
Ronaldo spent nine memorable years at the Santiago Bernabeu before linking up with Juventus in the summer of 2018.
The Portuguese star could line up against familiar faces in the Round of 16 of this season’s Champions League, with Real Madrid coming second in Group A behind French club, Paris Saint Germain.
Ronaldo played a key role in Juventus securing top spot in their group and is now waiting to discover who the Bianconeri will be paired with in the first knockout round.
He would prefer to avoid Madrid, but admits that the chance to face the Blancos at some stage in major European competition would appeal to him.
“Real are an extraordinary team, but if you ask me, I’d rather face them later,”Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.
“In the final? I would sign up now to meet them in the final.”
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is doing his best to try and end Juventus’ long wait for continental glory.
He was back among the goals against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday and claims to be free of the injury issues which held him back in November and led to enforced breaks being taken in.
Ronaldo added: “I feel good, the physical problems I had have passed.
“It was four weeks that I was playing with a little pain, but now I’m fine.
“The team is doing well, we played very well in the second half [against Leverkusen], we are first in the group, things improved for me too, I have more confidence. I hope to continue like this.”
Juve ended their most recent outing with Ronaldo, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala all on the pitch at the same time.