I understand why James wants to leave Real Madrid: Ronaldo

He is now on 103 goals, after he scored another treble against their city rivals, Atletico Madrid.

However, he says he has not considered any specific preparation for Saturday's match in Cardiff, when he will attempt to find a way past the imperious Juventus defence and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. "Obviously it's important to know one or two points but not to obsess", he said. For example, with penalties, you think about the side you put it more. "I really don't like it,".

"A penalty in the final?" I like to take risks. It's a calculated risk, not life or death. "I can score or I can miss", he continued on the theme of penalties.

"But I'm not going to miss".

"We have shared many moments in the awards ceremonies of the past 10 years and I have a very good relationship with him".

"I don't consider myself a galactico".

"I'm happy to play for Real Madrid but I do miss England sometimes because I had unbelievable memories there that I just can't turn off".

James has not regularly started games for Real under manager Zinedine Zidane this season and there have been rumours of him leaving the club.

The Portugal captain revealed that he enjoys watching the Argentine play and that he appreciates his talents. "Of the players they talk about, maybe one or two will arrive and that's it". I'm never going to be a striker.

"It depends on the tactics that the coach lays down".

"Whenever I'm with him, I have a very good relationship with Messi", added the 32-year-old.

He said, "How could I dislike somebody who hasn't done anything bad against me?" I prefer to play more freely, when we play in a 4-4-2, I prefer it more.

  • Julie Sanders