As we patiently await the prestigious UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid, here are 10 things you should know before the showpiece in Cardiff.
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- Real Madrid need one more goal to become the first team to score 500 in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final. Zinédine Zidane is aiming to become the first coach to win successive UEFA Champions Leagues
- Dani Alves made his 99th UEFA Champions League appearance against Monaco. In Cardiff, he could become the 31st player to bring up his century in the competition.
- Real Madrid’s loss at Atlético in the semi-final second leg leaves Juventus as the only unbeaten side remaining in the competition. The Bianconeri are bidding to become the seventh team to win the UEFA Champions League undefeated, and the first since Manchester United in 2008.
- Madrid and Juve will both be competing in their sixth UEFA Champions League final, which equals AC Milan’s record.
- Madrid have won all five of their UEFA Champions League finals, claiming a record number of triumphs, while Juventus have lost the fixture more times than any other club – four. Indeed, their only victory was on penalties – against Ajax in 1996.
- Other than Madrid, the only sides to boast a 100% record in UEFA Champions League finals are one-time finalists Marseille (1993), Porto (2004) and Internazionale (2010).
- Madrid aim to become the first team to make a successful defence of the UEFA Champions League title. Milan (1989, 1990) were the last club to pick up consecutive European Champion Clubs’ Cups. Milan (1994, 1995), Ajax (1995, 1996), Juve (1996, 1997) and Man. United (2008, 2009) have all returned to the final as holders only to lose.
- Zinédine Zidane is seeking to become the first coach to win the UEFA Champions League two years running, while Sergio Ramos will endeavour to become the first captain to lift the trophy in successive years in the UEFA Champions League era.
- Should Madrid triumph in Cardiff, it will be the tenth UEFA Champions League win for a Spanish side – twice as many as the next highest-ranked nation, Italy. It would also be Spain’s fourth success in a row; no other country has managed two on the spin.
- This will be the fourth UEFA Champions League final between Spanish and Italian clubs, making it the most frequent of all potential match-ups – one more than England v Spain and Spain v Spain.