History will be made in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday evening, as Real Madrid và Juventus vì battle in a bid to lớn be crowned as kings of the continent in the UEFA Champions League final.

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For the former of these two European giants, the opportunity is there khổng lồ clinch a "duodecima" having won the tournament for the 11th time against local rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan 12 months ago. Victory for Real Madrid would also see them become the first side to lớn retain the Champions League in its current format.

Hoping to ensure there will be a different name on the trophy again is Juventus, who are chasing their third Champions League win overall và first in 21 years. There"s no doubt they have the chất lượng to come through this one, after dispatching Barcelona and AS Monaco on their way lớn the final.


Below are the latest odds for the fixture, a look ahead to the contest và a prediction for how the final will pan out.

Match Odds: Real Madrid (89-50), Draw (9-4), Juventus (2-1)

First Goalscorer Odds: Cristiano Ronaldo (10-3), Gonzalo Higuain (4-1), Alvaro Morata (9-2), Paulo Dybala (11-2), Gareth Bale (13-2), Karim Benzema (7-1), Mario Mandzukic (15-2)




Since Zinedine Zidane took charge of Real Madrid, the team has been more functional, more cohesive and ultimately more successful.

One of the keys to lớn this prosperity is the manner in which the coach has helped change the role of Cristiano Ronaldo. The star forward has been rested at times this term & has seen his influence on general play dwindle, as he evolves into a pure poacher. Yet the Portugal international has been so decisive for Real on their way to lớn the final.

He"s Madrid"s ace in the pack và may well be again on Saturday. There aren"t many players who have found it easy lớn score against Juventus down the years, although as we can see here, Ronaldo is one of them, per OptaPaolo:


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5 - Cristiano #Ronaldo has scored 5 goals in 4 Champions League games against #Juventus (at least 1 in each of these). Humility. #UCLFinal


These kinds of fixtures are so often about big personalities, and Madrid have plenty to điện thoại tư vấn upon on Saturday.

Ronaldo scored hat-tricks in both the semi-final & the quarter-final of the competition. Additionally, skipper Sergio Ramos has netted in each of Real"s last two Champions League finals, with Gareth Bale also shining in both games.



As we can see here, even the opposition are concerned about the big-game stars in Madrid"s squad, especially Ramos và his penchant for snatching crucial goals, per Squawka Football:


There"s calibre aplenty in the Juve side, too. The spine of their squad is bristling with experience, unique and winners; this Bianconeri outfit have won Serie A six times in succession.

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And while many members of this squad have not gone all the way in European football"s elite club competition, there will be a burning determination to vày so. Especially for 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who may not have many more chances lớn win the biggest prize in club football.

Buffon has plenty of well-wishers from across the game, with Real Madrid icon Iker Casillas admitting he’d be happy to see the veteran win if the Italian wasn"t playing against Los Blancos in the final:


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Iker Casillas wishes Real Madrid & Gianluigi Buffon could win the Champions League