Two historic teams meet in Wales
The two teams will square off in Cardiff
This is Juventus’ eighth trip to the Champions League final and the second in three seasons. They have only won the tournament twice in club history, including most recently in 1995-96 against Ajax. No club in Europe has as rich of a tradition when it comes to the Champions League as Real Madrid. The Madrid club has reached the final for the second consecutive season, and for the third time in four years. This is their 15th trip to the final. Los Meregues have 11 titles and three second-place finishes — more than any other club in the competition.
This is not the first time these two teams have met in the Champions League final. The last (and only) meeting in the final came in 1998 in Amsterdam, Germany. A goal Predrag Mijatović in the 66th minute saw Real Madrid come away with a 1-0 win and the title.
The Zidane final
Playing for Juventus that night was a 25-year-old Zinedine Zidane. Zidane won the Ballon d’Or that year, the first of three world player of the year awards he would receive in his career. He would stay at Juve for three more years before taking his talents to Real Madrid thanks to a world-record fee of $84.22 million and winning his first Champions League trophy in 2002. His 45th-minute winner proved to be the difference against Bayer Leverkusen, earning him Man of the Match honors.