Rafael Nadal previews the Champions League final

Only Zinedine Zidane's former club Juventus stand between the Real Madrid coach and football history in today's star-studded Champions League final in Cardiff.

"Zidane started the press conference talking about the second Champions League final they will play in a row:" We are ready for the final because we have worked very hard to arrive here. For me personally, getting to the final is a great joy. I'm enjoying what's happening to all of us. I'm only the coach. "We're ready to play".

Real knocked out city rivals Atletico with a 4-2 aggregate win and are looking to defend the title they won a year ago.

- Juventus have only won won the title twice in the year 1985 and 1996.

In addition, Ronaldo also lifted the UEFA European Championship trophy with Portugal in 2016, taking his overall senior career tally to 23 titles.

At 39 years 126 days, the Italy global would replace compatriot Paolo Maldini as the oldest player to win the Champions League on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Ramos is the defender who has scored the most goals in finals with Madrid.

"Sometimes, I think back to that night two years ago in Berlin".

Rafael Nadal will briefly step back from his assault on a 10th French Open title to support his beloved Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final against Juventus. "We all want to see a attractive final". So maybe it's a good match in that sense.

"We have to have the belief that we can bring that Cup home and we have to be fiendish to strike when Real offer us an opening", he added.

Juve must shed their status of perennial Champions League bridesmaids, having finished runners-up on a record six occasions and lost their last four finals.

Overall, a mouthwatering contest awaits football fans as two in-form teams who have been consistent throughout the season lock horns for the most wanted crown in European club football.

Ramos scored a 93rd-minute equaliser in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid, leading to a 4-1 extra-time win which ended a 12-year Champions League barren spell. Including his earlier years at Cannes and Bordeaux he totalled 95 goals in 506 club appearances and chipped in an impressive 31 in 108 games for France - a record many worldwide strikers would be proud of.

IT'S the one major club trophy to elude him, but Gianluigi Buffon finally has the chance to get his hands on the Champions League trophy on Saturday.

No wonder 39-year-old Buffon looks like he could play forever, such is the strength of the defence Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri has erected and which Barcelona's Gerard Pique described as a "mountain" after their quarter-final loss. We've been growing gradually.

Gonzalo Higuain, who moved to Juventus from Napoli for an Italian-record 90 million euros, gets a chance to prove his worth against former Real Madrid teammate Sergio Ramos.

In contrast to Madrid's previous finals in recent seasons, though, Ronaldo arrives in Cardiff in his best form of the campaign having been spared for a series of league games recently.

Juventus have won only two of their eight European Cup/Champions League finals.

  • Julie Sanders