Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Buffon still driven by fear

The Wales forward has not played since coming off in the first half of El Clasico on April 23, and he admitted he may have rushed his return following an operation in November.

One of the greatest rivalries in the game would be Dani Alves-Marcelo, two Brazilian defenders who love to attack: "This final is very especial for me because I can be with great players". "They can also play together".

"Midfielders are important of course, everyone's important, but I've been there in those big games when you are waiting for the strikers to score and of course goals are everything", the he told a packed news conference at Cardiff's Principality Stadium. But it is not only mentally, they have to be ready also physically.

Do you think Ronaldo can still equal Messi's overall trophy haul? A European title is the one major prize to elude the Italian in an illustrious career that has seen him lose two Champions League finals.

Ronaldo has been in transcendent form once again this season, reaching 400 career goals for Real as the team won the Spanish title for the first time in five years. Cristiano Ronaldo was part of that United team, but moved to Real Madrid the following season. Check out the latest episode of SportsJOE Live - We have footballing maverick Stephen Hunt on the couch, joined by Ronan O'Gara and Dion Fanning. "In the long run, anything can happen. We have to prove our character and who is the best", Ronaldo said.

Some observers have suggested Juventus will adopt a cautious approach to blunt Real's attacking weapons.

Juventus finally allowed a goal in the second leg of its semifinal matchup against Monaco, snapping a stretch of six straight clean sheets. "We didn't feel confident enough because we had a number of years when we struggled in the Champions League and we didn't expect to win ... but now it's completely different".

"It's really lovely to be able to play the final again, like we did in Milan (in 2016)".

Juventus have the best defence in the Champions League, and in order to unlock that backline, Zidane will need as much firepower as he can muster.

The best shot-stopper of his generation has a medal collection befitting of his standing in the game, but continental glory remains a glaring omission from the veteran's success-laden CV. I say this as a friend and a former teammate, someone who knows him well - he deserves it. I've lost many matches, so I know it's possible to lose.

"We enjoyed winning the league after a good season playing in LaLiga so you feel even more satisfied because you achieved your goal".

"Especially now, because Juventus... they always had very good teams but now..."

Buffon will be 39 years, 126 days old on today, whereas fellow Italian great Paolo Maldini was 38 years, 331 days when he skippered Milan to victory against Liverpool in 2007.

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