Real Madrid and Juventus faced off in Cardiff, Wales yesternight for champions league glory. A mouth watering clash between two genuine heavyweights of European Football.
The UEFA Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and contested by top-division European clubs. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football. It is also the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.
Let’s take a look at the two finalists for the 2016-2017 season.
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Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competition’s history, having won the tournament 11 times and are also the reigning champions. Since the tournament changed name and structure in 1992, no club has managed consecutive wins; Milan were the last holders to successfully defend their title, in the 1989–90 season.
Zinedin Zidane’s Madrids were aiming to become the first club to claim back to back titles in Champions League era, having seen of city rival Atletico Madrid on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Milan last year. After winning the La Liga for the record 33rd time, Spanish giants are aiming for dynasty status and football immortality.
Juventus sealed their sixth consecutive Serie A title and a record 33rd title in Italy this season. The Bianconeri once again boasted the best defence in the division—as they have every year since 2012—with just 26 goals conceded, and now are on the verge of winning a treble. With this final, they’ll try to shake off the club unwanted tag as Europe’s most regular nearly men. Set against twice lifting the trophy, Juventus has lost a record six finals. The latest nail in the coffin was when they were defeated by Barcelona in 2015 final.
So much on the line for the two giants of European Football.
The two clubs have met 18 times in Europe’s premier competition, winning eight a piece and drawing two. This is the second most played fixture in the history of Europe’s premier club competition after Bayern Munich v Real Madrid (24). However, in their only meeting in the finals in 1998, Real Madrid claimed the game by 1-0. Thanks to Pedrag Mijatovic goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo has reached the 10 goal mark for the sixth consecutive Champions League campaign. No other player has done it in more than two consecutive seasons ( Messi, Van Nistelrooy). Cristiano is also the top scorer of the competition with 103 goals in 139 appearances and also the top assist maker for the competition.
Wales are hosting their first Champions League final. It’s the 17th country to do so.
The unstoppable Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid beat Juventus to win their 12th European Cup and become the first team to defend the title in the Champions League era. Mario Mandzukic scored for Juventus arguably one of the finest goals in Champions League final. Casemiro scored a 35-yard long ranger which took a nasty deflection off Sami Khedira and went past Buffon. Marcos Asensio hammered the final nail in the coffin with a late strike in 90′ minute taking the overall scoreline to 1-4. This final was arguably one of the finest of the Champions League era with Cristiano Ronaldo cementing his right for his 5th Ballon d’Or.
They have now qualified for the UEFA Super Cup where they will face UEFA Europa Cup winners Manchester United. Also, Real Madrid will represent Europe In Fifa Club World Cup, having won the last defeating Kashima Antlers with none other than a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.
– Real Madrid won their 12th European title.
– Cristiano Ronaldo hits another record as he bags up yet another leading goal scorer in Champions League for 5th consecutive season.
– The first goal of the game scored by Cristiano Ronaldo took up Real Madrid Champions League goal tally to 500 goals and they are the first team to do so. He was also the one who scored their 400th.
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– Cristiano Ronaldo is the first and only player to score in three Champions League final.
– Cristiano Ronaldo also notched up his 600 career goal, highest scorer of the 21st century.
– Juventus lost their 7th Champions League final, two in the span of three years.
– Juventus are now the only team alongside Barcelona who have conceded four goals in the final in normal time. Barcelona conceded four in 1994 against A.C Milan in Champions League era.
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