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Jan Oblak Admits He's Still a 'Big Fan' of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo; Talks Up Atletico's Title Chances

Jan Oblak has spoken about Atletico Madrid's LaLiga title chances
Jan Oblak has spoken about Atletico Madrid's LaLiga title chances / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak opened up about his side's LaLiga title chances this season, and also revealed that he continues to be a big fan of two modern-day greats - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Diego Simeone's side are one game away from clinching the league title, and Oblak admitted it comes as no surprise to see his side doing things the hard way. "Throughout the history of the club there has always been suffering," he told Goal.

"Since I have learned about the club, that has always been the case, no title has been won easily. One person told me that of the 10 titles Atleti have won, only one was won before the last day. Each title that is at stake with Atleti is sweated on until the end and here it will not be any different.

"You have to know how to suffer. I've been here for seven years and this is what makes football beautiful in the end, that's why football is so interesting. You never know what will happen."

He went on to say: "I don't think about winning the league now. All I want is to prepare myself as best as possible for Saturday, like the whole team.

"We want to win. It's a final for them and for us. It's going to be a difficult game and I don't even want to think about anything else. Just prepare for the game and play it as well as possible. Then we will see if it is time to celebrate or to be sad."

The Slovenian goalkeeper also revealed that he is a huge fan of Messi and Ronaldo, and included them in his five-a-side. When asked who would form a part of his team, Oblak said: "It is a difficult question, yes, but with Messi I have always said it. He is spectacular. He is at the highest level. For me he is the best.

"Another one that I would choose would be Cristiano, who has marked an era with Messi in the history of football. You have to admire everything they have done. It's difficult to say more, but if I'm a goalkeeper on that team I'd like to have five defenders. So, I would choose those who have been on my team - Savic, Gimenez, Godín, Felipe. I could name several for you. It's a bit unfair to talk about names, they are all at a high level."