UEFA Champions League has been the most famed league in the world contested by top-division European clubs. Introduced in 1992 replacing the European Cup which had run since 1955, the competition is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide and the 2016-17 edition of the competition has not been an exception as well. Having reached the final stage of the tournament everyone will be eager to see which of the two giants will lift the trophy.
Real Madrid has won the Champions League trophy in 2016 after defeating Atletico Madrid on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy and are the defending champions. They are also the most successful club in the cup’s history having won the title 11 times. The La Liga winners of the 2016-17 season will be hoping to make it a double by winning the tournament. Coming into the finals, Ronaldo is in the red-hot form having scored heavily in the knockout stages of the tournament. Real Madrid is looking to be the first team in Champions League history to win two consecutive finals.
The defending champions will be up against a side which has been unbeaten this season in the Champions League. Having conceded just 2 goals so far in the tournament, they have a very strong defense with Buffon between the goal-post. Juventus crowned the champions of Serie-A for the season 2016-17 are on the course to win the treble. Juventus has won the competition previously in 1984-85 (European Cup) and 1995-96 (UEFA Champions League). If they go on to win the tournament it will be their third triumph in this tournament along with a treble.
The two teams last played against each other in the Champions League semi-finals of the 2014-15 season where Juventus defeated Real Madrid. This is Juventus’ 2nd final in 3 seasons and will definitely hope to clinch the title this time around. This will be their 19thmeeting in the Champions League and with 8 wins each, there is nothing to separate the two teams.
The Champions League final will be held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on 4th June 2017 at 12:15 am (IST) where these two footballing giants will clash to prove themselves the champions of Europe.