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Betting: Ronaldo 13/2 to net Cardiff brace en route to writing Champions League history

1:30 PM IST 02/06/17
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid
Real Madrid's all-time top goalscorer is out to net against Juventus to outgun Lionel Messi and become the first to score in three straight finals

Cristiano Ronaldo is a man for whom records are important and the Portuguese forward will be fully aware that Saturday could see him achieve another indiviual milestone.

Real Madrid's star man has scored 10 goals in this season's Champions League, one fewer than the current leading marksman who happens to be his eternal rival, Lionel Messi.

Scoring at the Millenium Stadium would not only see Ronaldo finish the season as the tournament's top scorer, but also he could potentially enter the history books as the first player since Alfredo Di Stefano to score in three separate European Cup finals - if team-mate Sergio Ramos does not beat him to it.

Paddy Power price Ronaldo at evens (2.00) to find the back of the net at anytime and at 7/2 (4.50) to score the first goal of the final. Ronaldo can also be backed at 15/8 (2.88) to score his side's opening goal, a selection which has paid out in three of their last four matches in this competition.

Indeed Ronaldo's form over the last six weeks has been pretty striking and the player himself has credited his manager Zinedine Zidane for resting him, for a number of away matches in La Liga.

At 32 years old, Ronaldo can no longer play every game, yet his recent performances in the biggest games of the campaign have been as good as at any time in his career. 

In the home leg of the semi final against Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo had given Los Blancos the lead inside 10 minutes, and the price of 12/1 (13.00) for him to score inside the opening 15 minutes could appeal, while he can be backed at 40/1 (41.00) to score in the opening five minutes of the game. 

Of the few things left for Ronaldo to achieve in his career is to score more than once in a Champions League final, and he can be backed at 13/2 (7.50) to score two or more, while he is priced at 25/1 (26.00) to become the first player in the Champions League era to score a hat-trick in the final.