Champions League Final: Buffon looks to become oldest winner


He will be hoping to pick up his first Champions League winner's medal against Real Madrid tomorrow. The most decorated club in Italian history, with six successive Serie A titles and three domestic doubles in three seasons under Allegri, have lost more European Cup finals than any other club.

A head coach for only 17 months, the former France playmaker can become the first manager to win back-to-back European Cups in the post-1992 Champions League era.

At the heart of that Juventus defense is a guy looking to become the oldest Champions League victor: 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. "We have to prove our character and who is the best", Ronaldo said. I play freely. I play on the wing, down the middle.

Gianluigi Buffon is the sole survivor of Juventus' 2003 final appearance in their 2016-17 squad.

Zinedine Zidane has refused to offer any clues as to whether Gareth Bale will start a Champions League final in his home city.

"This isn't Alves v Real Madrid, this is Real Madrid v Juventus, and the last time they won with an offside goal", said the Brazilian, who has never shied away from controversy.

He added: "The only extra motivation that might help is that the president (Andrea Agnelli) said maybe we might find some Ferraris that pop up".

It was a rare setback in a career that continues to deliver, even as the 32-year-old forward has had to increasingly accept being on the sidelines to stay fresh for the big occasions.

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Real Madrid's key striker Cristiano Ronaldo revealed during an interview with FOX Sports that he appreciates the talent of Barcelona's superstar, Lionel Messi.

Juventus have played a number of different formations this season, opting for the 352 and 4231 in the Champions League most often. "When I think about this long career, in which I have played many years I am grateful".

They also have the best defence in the whole competition with Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli in front of the imperious Gigi Buffon.

Madrid enter the game in Cardiff with the chance to become the first side to defend the Champions League trophy in its modern expanded format, by winning what would be a third trophy in just four seasons and their 12th European Cup in all.

"They're both very important players and everyone can give their opinion but it won't influence me", Zidane said.

"I have always maintained that, in football, making the final means nothing if you don't win it", Buffon said. "As captain it would be a dream come true and I could nearly die in peace, hopefully we can bring that cup home with us".

This year's Champions League saw 375 goals scored in 124 games, with an average of 3.02 goals per game.