Sergio Ramos has dismissed Liverpool goal-machine Mo Salah as “just one of 11 players”.
Real Madrid skipper Ramos is set to come face to face with the 43-goal forward in the Champions League final in three weeks’ time.
He said: “We have seen what Salah can do this season, but he will just be one of eleven players we face against Liverpool.
“Throughout my career, I have faced the best forward players in the world — many of them who are considered among the greatest ever.
“For me, there is never a fear. A respect, yes, but never a fear.”
The Spaniards will be bidding to win the European crown for a third successive year and 12th time in all at the showpiece in Kiev, Ukraine.
Ramos claimed his team are supremely confident of lifting the trophy again when they face a team that had to start their challenge in pre-qualifying a month before the group stage even began.
He said: “We can’t be arrogant but we can be confident. We know it is in the DNA of Real Madrid to win the Champions League.
“We are ready to defend our title for a second time — we won’t let it go easily.
“With all respect, maybe at the start of the campaign Liverpool were not the team people thought would be in the final. But they are here because they deserve to be here.
“We know as a team how to play finals — and we will be ready.”
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