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Liverpool vs. Real Madrid: Ranking top 30 players in 2022 Champions League final, with Karim Benzema No. 1
Karim Benzema was the consensus top player among the CBS Sports staff as Real Madrid finished with 14 on the list

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Twenty-two players will take the pitch Saturday to start the UEFA Champions League final just outside of Paris in Saint-Denis (3 p.m. ET | watch live on CBS and Paramount+). Liverpool and Real Madrid both boast squads that could field multiple competent sides to compete in the world’s biggest leagues. From the Reds’ dynamite attack, led by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, to Real Madrid having arguably the world’s best player in Karim Benzema, there will be no shortage of talent on display at the famed Stade de France. But between the two teams, who are the very best players? The CBS Sports soccer editorial staff each ranked the top 30 players playing in the final, we combined our lists, and this is how it turned out.

How to watch and odds

Date: Saturday, May 28 | Time: 3 p.m. ET 
TV: CBS | Live stream: Paramount+ (Try it free)
Location: Stade de France — Saint-Denis, France
Studio: Kate Abdo, Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards
Commentators: Clive Tyldesley and Rob Green | Rules expert: Christina Unkel  
On-site: Peter Schmeichel, Jules Breach, Jenny Chiu and Guillem Balagué
Odds: Liverpool +104; Draw +270; Madrid +245 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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30. Dani Carvajal, right back, Real Madrid

The Spaniard has struggled at times this season, but came up big against Manchester City at Santiago Bernabeu and remains a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti. Liverpool will likely target him from the off so a solid central defensive pairing will be vital to keep some of the heat away from Carvajal so that he can get forward as he did against City. — Jonathan Johnson

29. Nacho, center back, Real Madrid

Under appreciated and never flashy, the Spanish veteran gets the job done and offers incredible versatility. Primarily a center back, he can also place either fullback position. His effort is always there, he has a knack for well-timed tackles, and whenever the backline is a little thin, he’s the first in line to step up and deliver. — Roger Gonzalez

28. Curtis Jones, central midfielder, Liverpool

The 21-year-old gives every impression of being the first Liverpool academy graduate tailored made to fit into Jurgen Klopp’s side, a pressing dynamo who covers ground in a flash, moves the ball quickly and effectively and is not afraid of the odd long range effort. Jones is yet to establish himself as a regular starter but you sense it is a matter of when for this extremely talented youngster. — James Benge

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