When Juventus face Real Madrid at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff tonight in the final of the 2016/17 Champions League, it will be the 19th meeting between the two sides in Europe. The excitement levels surrounding the fixture is high since both teams are on the verge of history.
Real Madrid could become the first side in the Champions League era (post-1992) to win two successive CL titles while Juventus are bidding to be the second Italian team ever to achieve the treble (they have already won the Serie A and Coppa Italia).
Moreover, Juventus have lost the Champions League the previous four times they reached this stage. They would badly want to put an end to this.
Moreover, Juventus' defence has been nigh-impregnable this season and have conceded very sparingly. They even managed to keep the famed 'MSN' of Barcelona quiet over two legs in the quarterfinals. On the other hand, Real Madrid have scored the most goals in the competition so far and have a free-scoring attack, helmed by tournament top-scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.
Naturally, this is the proverbial battle between the immovable object and the unstoppable force. It remains to be seen whether Zidane will go with Isco or Gareth Bale to breach a defence held firmly by Chiellini, Bonucci and Buffon.
Tonight, fans will be waiting with bated breaths as Cristiano Ronaldo and team face off against an equally capable Paulo Dybala and co.