Cardiff-born Bale could become sixth Champions League hometown winner

Real Madrid forward, Gareth Bale was born in the Welsh capital of Cardiff ©Getty Images

Gareth Bale will hope to join an exclusive club of Champions League winners to lift the trophy in their hometown when Real Madrid face Juventus in Cardiff.

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1999/2000: Nicolas Anelka (Paris)
Anelka, born in Le Chesnay in the western suburbs of Paris, helps Real Madrid to a 3-0 defeat of Liga rivals Valencia at Stade de France.

1995/96: Angelo Di Livio (Rome)
Di Livio comes off the bench just before the hour in the Italian capital as Juventus beat Ajax 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

1967/68: Alex Stepney (London)
From Mitcham, located on the south-west border of inner and outer London, Stepney keeps goal as Manchester United overcome Benfica 4-1 after extra time at Wembley.

1956/57: Miguel Muñoz, Enrique Mateos (Madrid)
Playing at their home ground, the Santiago Bernabéu, Muñoz and Mateos aid Madrid to the second of five straight European Cups, with Fiorentina dispatched 2-0.

All this means that Bale could become the second player, after Anelka, in the history of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup to claim the trophy in his home city while playing for a foreign club.

Conversely, there are 10 players to have suffered final heartbreak in their hometown – including Londoners Rio Ferdinand and Chris Smalling, Munich-born Philipp Lahm and Thierry Henry, who comes from Les Ulis, a suburb of Paris.