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# Pep Talk
Real Madrid release unseen footage of Ronaldo's Champions League final team-talk
“We’re 45 minutes away from making history. Tiredness is psychological.”

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CRISTIANO RONALDO TOLD his Real Madrid team-mates that “tiredness is psychological” as he willed them on to their record 11th Champions League title — la Undecima.

This previously unseen footage, which is being released as part of a new club documentary, shows the pep talk delivered by Ronaldo in the San Siro dressing room at half-time.

Real led city rivals Atletico 1-0 at the break and, after they were forced into extra time by Yannick Carrasco’s equaliser, eventually won on penalties.

“Listen, I wanna say something,” Ronaldo said. “We’re 45 minutes away from making history.

“Tiredness is psychological at times. We have to do another 45 at our best. We can do it because we are good.

“It’s all mental. We’re 45 away from making history. Let’s defend like we have defended in the first half.

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