UEFA Champions League 2016/17
Real Madrid will look to seal a 12th Champions League title on Saturday and become the first team to retain one, fighting up against the best defence in Europe lead by Italian International goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who has 8 clean sheets to his name in this year’s European Championship.
Juventus was the very team which showed the Galacticos the exit door during the 2014/15 Champions League semi-final and Madrid was also the team that defeated Juventus in the 1998 Champions League final.
Cristiano Ronaldo may not have scored many goals, but has been in outstanding form when his team needed him to. He has netted 14 times in the last 9 matches in all competitions and has also become the first player to score back-to-back hat tricks in knockout phases of the Champions League. Currently he stands alone on the 100 Champions League goal mark. He is the 2nd leading goal scorer in this year’s Champions League with 10 goals behind Lionel Messi with 11 goals. If Ronaldo is able to score a goal in the Final, then not only will he become the top scorer of the Champions League for five consecutive times in a row, but he will also become the first player to score in three Champions League Finals.
Gareth Bale who is Cardiff-born will definitely want to win a European Cup in the city of his birth. Although he has not hit big form lately, still Real Madrid goes in on Saturday as the title favourites.
When asked on, what he thinks about the astonishing defence of Juventus, CR7 stated, “There’s a weak point in every defence.”
Gonzalo Higuain and Paul Dybala, two players who’ve had an amazing season, will look to continue their run. Higuain’s brace against Monaco in the 1st leg of the semi-final gave Juventus a firm lead over their opponents. Gianluigi Buffon is one of the very few legends who have not won a single Champions League. He would surely like change that.
Real Madrid and Juventus have met 19 times in this competition with LosBlancos winning 8 and Juventus winning 9 of them with 2 matches being drawn.
Real Madrid is ranked 1st in the UEFA team rankings and Juventus is ranked 9th. The battle is also between the two best full-backs Marcelo and Dani Alves to prove who the best is. The Final will take place on 3rd June at 12:15 a.m. IST. So will Juventus at last be able to complete their treble or will the trophy return to Madrid for the 12th time. Till then tune in to India’s Opinion for the latest news update around the world.