Ronaldo helps Real Madrid become 1st team to retain CL title

Spanish worldwide Isco shone in Bale's absence as Real secured their first La Liga title since 2012, and manager Zidane remained coy on his selection headache at his final pre-match press conference in Cardiff. Then came the Club World Cup with Real Madrid and the end of a five-year Spanish title drought before new highs were reached in the Champions League.

Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues - as well as this season's La Liga title - since he took charge of Real in January 2016.

According to Sky Sports, Juventus conceded more goals in the one match than they did in the entire competition leading up to it.

In doing so, the Portuguese became the first player to score in three Champions League finals.

Italian side Juventus are looking to win the crown for the third time, while Real can extend their own record.

The second half is the best half that Real Madrid has played this season so I'm very happy.

There have been some great goals in Champions League finals of the past.

Government minister Ken Skates said: "The real benefit for us comes from the exposure: 1.3 million people will be watching and reading about this final, and that really puts Cardiff on the map as a tourist destination".

However, Juve got back on level terms with perhaps the best goal ever seen in the Final. Allegri was also under no illusions about Real's quality, and believes that Los Blancos have the edge in terms of being handed the favourites tag: "They've shown that at the moment they're the most risky team in the world".

The match will be played indoors because of security fears.

They have won two of the previous three finals going into this weekend's showcase.

Zidane had a hand in Madrid's ninth, 10th and 11th European triumphs - as a player, assistant coach and head coach - and the quest for the "Duodecima" (12th) brings him up against an old flame.

While Real Madrid have been there and done that, Juventus will arguably feel more pressure to claim this elusive trophy.

While Zidane, Ronaldo and Bale hope their good fortune in the competition continues, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is praying for a turning of the tide.

"And Madrid probably one of the teams with the most potential to score goals".

Outside in the city center, under cloudy skies, fans descended on Cardiff's various landmarks with many snapping souvenir photos alongside the castle walls emblazoned with huge photographs of some of the biggest names in Champions League.

The Old Lady have won the European Cup on two occasions - the last being 21 years ago in the 1995/96 campaign when they defeated Ajax 4-2 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in normal time.