Win it for me, Pirlo tells Juventus

Posted June 04, 2017

An historical rivalry, "La Vecchia Signora" ("The Old Lady") and "Los Blancos" ("The Whites") share 13 European Cup/ Champions League Titles between them, with two belonging to the former and an insurmountable 11 to the latter.

Those are all the teams who have been a game away from winning back-to-back Champions League titles since the tournament was renamed in 1992.

In an exceptional career in which he keeps rewriting the record books, Ronaldo scored twice to become the first player in the 25 seasons of the Champions League era to score in three finals. Juventus also want to secure their first Champions League title since 1996 and their third in club history, despite this being their ninth appearance in the final.

Since taking over as Real Madrid coach after serving his apprentice under Carlo Ancelotti, Zizou has had a dream start as the coach; winning the Champions League a year ago in his first season with Madrid.

AC Milan were the only side to have won the European title for two consecutive seasons, but since then no other side has managed to achieve that feat. Real Madrid wanted to be the first club to retain the trophy since it moved to the Champions League format. And, at just 23, Argentina's most promising young star, Paulo Dybala, has become Juventus' standout attacking player this campaign.

But he was brought on in the 77th minute and joined in the celebrations as Sergio Ramos lifted the trophy for the second-straight year. We won the league, the Champions League.

"Tomorrow we have a date with history, with ourselves and we have to all forget about the things we have won and think about it like our first trophy", Ramos told a news conference on Friday.

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Serie A victor with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015. They played the ball out from the back, Kaka split their centre-halves and Crespo raced clear and dinked past Jerzy Dudek. Cementing himself as one of the world's best has never been Ronaldo's problem.

And it's all pointing to the 45-year-old Zidane who was born of Algerian immigrant workers but opted to play for his adopted country.

And remaining in the field of finalists, only players and not teams - who has been to the final 3 times or more? The Champions League final will be shown live on BT Sport 2 for viewers in the United Kingdom.

Real must try to stay in the game until Bale is ready to go and then they should try to get him involved as often as possible.

Madrid drew first blood in the 20th minute when Ronaldo flicked the ball wide to Dani Carvajal before artfully sweeping the Spaniard's return pass into the bottom-left corner via a nick off Leonardo Bonucci.