Ticket prices soaring through the roof for Champions League Final

Lynette Rowe
June 3, 2017

IT'S the one major club trophy to elude him, but Gianluigi Buffon finally has the chance to get his hands on the Champions League trophy on Saturday.

Clashing for the first time in the European Cup, Madrid and Juventus served up a thrilling quarter-final in 1962 that set the template for over 50 years of epic duels.

Madrid has been performing at approximately the same level as they were under Carlo Ancelotti and even the unloved Rafa Benitez. The team who deserves to win a match, based on the quality of their performance, actually only wins the game 60 per cent of the time.

It won't be a new experience for Ronaldo, though.

"Sometimes, I think back to that night two years ago in Berlin". These two sides will now head to Cardiff, Wales to battle in the center of Millennium Stadium. "But that's an overreaction to just one match".

It was a rare setback in a career that continues to deliver, even as the 32-year-old forward has had to increasingly accept being on the sidelines to stay fresh for the big occasions. Including his earlier years at Cannes and Bordeaux he totalled 95 goals in 506 club appearances and chipped in an impressive 31 in 108 games for France - a record many global strikers would be proud of. "I was able to get to know him in the dressing room and off the pitch, there's a lot more to him".

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"I don't want to say they have their best team ever, but they have very good offensive players". Juve I think only conceded three goals in the whole Champions League. Juventus and Italy legend Andrea Pirlo has told his former team-mates to win today's Champions League final for him. But it also appears to have an ingredient Italian clubs have lacked in recent years: belief.

While 11-time champions Madrid possess the competition's sharpest attack, Juve boast its meanest defence, having successively shut down the sparkling attacks of Barcelona and Monaco en route to Cardiff.

Juventus' defense has been stunning throughout the competition. The Argentine, who has drawn inevitable comparisons with Lionel Messi, has scored four goals in 10 European appearances this season. But he can determine much more the outcome of a match because of the role he plays and his history. "It was not just the gift of pure talent. It was the gift of pure talent combined with the will to conquer the world".

"If I wanted to win individual awards I would have played tennis", Ramos said on Tuesday. "Unfortunately for me, I can't do that, but I'm happy they can".

Juventus has already collected a sixth consecutive Serie A title. The Italian side lost to Barcelona on its last visit to the final in 2015. "Our confidence has increased". An excellent reader of the game with a knack for an inspired block or last-ditch challenge, the former Bari man is also frighteningly comfortable on the ball - that outrageous solo goal against Genoa last month a flawless example.

"We celebrated La Liga, we rested and worked hard in training".

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