Thirteen European Cups on the pitch. The National Stadium of Wales will host the Champions League final between two legendary European clubs. Real Madrid-Juventus is a clash that is rich in history. In fact, it is the second most played game in Europe’s top competition, as the sides have met 18 times. Only Real Madrid-Bayern Munich, has been played more, 24 times.

There is fifty-five years of history between the Whites and the current Italian champions. The balance could not be more even: 8 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws. The two times that the clubs have met on neutral grounds ended in victory for the madridistas.

The first meeting came in the 1961/1962 season when Di Stéfano was the first to put his name on a long list of gifted goal scorers. Later on, legends such as Butragueño, Raúl, Mijatovic, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Zidane would add their names to list, all scoring against Juventus.

The most recent meetings of the sides came in the 2013/14 Group Stage and the semi-finals in 2014/15. Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show, scoring in all four of those clashes. Without a doubt though, the most memorable clash came in the Champions League final of 1998. Real Madrid won la Séptima in Amsterdam with a goal from Mijatovic. Nineteen years later, this final meeting will be repeated in Cardiff as the Whites search for la Duodécima.​

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Time ticking for Real Madrid

Time is ticking down before the Champions League final. At Real Madrid City, the team carried out the last training session before travelling to Cardiff on Friday. The Whites, who are looking to win la Duodécima against Juventus (Saturday, 8:45pm CEST), competed a session which saw ball work take centre stage.

Zidane involved the Castilla player Enzo in a session heavily based on pressing, possession, sprints and shots on goal, before the team focussed on crossing and shooting. Pepe and Coentrão trained using the indoor facilities.