'Born leader' Ronaldo will drive Real to Euro glory - Zidane

'Born leader' Ronaldo will drive Real to Euro glory - Zidane

'Born leader' Ronaldo will drive Real to Euro glory - Zidane

"I'm a young boy even though I'm 39 years old", Buffon said through a translator in Cardiff.

Real Madrid want to become the first side to make a successful Uefa Champions League title defense as they are the fifth reigning champions to return to the final the following season, the most recent being Manchester United in 2009.

As well as becoming the first team to retain the trophy since Arrigo Sacchi's all-conquering AC Milan in 1990, Madrid can complete their first Liga and European Cup double since the 1957-58 season.

Dealing with the pressure of chasing history is no burden for Zidane and his players.

"I played at Juventus for five years and I've got good memories of that time. It's a special final", said the Frenchman.

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"I don't want to say they have their best team ever, but they have very good offensive players". "But we haven't won anything yet". Three finals in four years is wonderful, nobody imagined that.

It would allow them to proclaim European dominance with a conviction they last possessed during Alfredo Di Stefano's five consecutive wins of the late 1950s.

"I wouldn't dream of putting myself on the same pedestal as Cristiano", said Buffon who wasn't buying into the discussion of a battle between himself and the man from Madeira. He tends to rise to the big occasions, he scored a hat-trick in the quarter-final and a hat-trick in the semi.

Two of the goals came in the semifinals of the Champions League in 2015, when Juventus advanced 3-2 before eventually losing the final to Barcelona.

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Ramos is hoping to lift the trophy for the third time in four years, which would make Zinedine Zidane's team the first to have successfully defended it in the Champions League era.

Alves was on the winning side when Barcelona defeated Buffon's Juventus in the 2015 final in Berlin, but will line up alongside him against Madrid. The Turin club has come a long way from their relegation in 2006.

"It's going to be a great game, two giants of world football, certainly European football", he said on BT Sport. "Last year, we had a good season in the Champions League, lost to Bayern Munich [in the round of 16] just one minute before the end of the game and we have been growing gradually".

"We're in the eye of the storm now and we're happy to be here".

And Zidane is adamant the 32-year-old Portuguese forward's ferocious will to win is key to Real's success because he sets such high standards that his team-mates feel obliged to keep up. "I will feel lucky when I sit in the dug-out on Saturday".

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Juventus look tighter at the back, but having a formidable defence is not the same as being a defensive team and in Dani Alves, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain they possess plenty of attacking firepower.

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