Champions League Final: Key Players for Juventus and Real Madrid Compared

By Joel Turner IN Champions League,Player comparison - 19:43 Jun 1st 2017

Saturday night’s titanic Champions League Final Clash between Juventus and Real Madrid promises to be a blockbuster. But who are the key players that will shape the game? And how have their performances compared this season?

From defence to attack, both sides are packed with star names who can change the complexion of a game in seconds.

We’ve compared some of the key positions likely to impact Saturday’s Final in Cardiff.

THE STRIKERS

Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema are two of the most potent strikers in world football.

Often eclipsed by the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema has still managed to hit more than 20 goals in six of his eight seasons at Madrid.

Gonzalo
Higuain
versusKarim
Benzema
FWDPOSITIONFWD
29Y 5MAGE29Y 5M
6FT 1INHEIGHT6FT 1IN
13ST 9LBWEIGHT12ST 9LB
 
CL | JUV | | RMD | CL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
11
STARTS
11
949
MINS
PLAYED
875
5
GOALS
5
ASSISTS
3
OPENING
GOALS
1
2
WINNING
GOALS
1
2
HOME
GOALS
3
3
AWAY
GOALS
2
HEADED
GOALS
3
L
2
R
3
GOALS
R/L FOOT
R
2
190
MINS
PER GOAL
175
5
TOTAL
3
Higuain is equally prolific, hitting 38 goals last season for Napoli and 32 so far this season for Juventus as they claimed a sixth straight Scudetto.
Both players are in their prime and have hit five goals in 11 Champions League appearances this season.

THE FORWARDS

Both Ronaldo and Pablo Dybala are talented forwards at opposing ends of their playing careers.

Argentinian Dybala,23, has begun to find his feet in Turin, hitting 23 goals last term and 19 this campaign.

To describe 32-year-old Ronaldo as prolific would be an understatement, he’s scored 404 goals in 393 appearances for Real – including 40 so far this term.

Paulo
Dybala
versus
Cristiano Ronaldo
FWDPOSITIONFWD
23Y 6MAGE32Y 3M
5FT 10INHEIGHT6FT 1IN
11ST 6LBWEIGHT12ST 6LB
 
CL | JUV | | RMD | CL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
9
STARTS
12
719
MINS
PLAYED
1080
4
GOALS
10
ASSISTS
5
2
OPENING
GOALS
3
2
WINNING
GOALS
3
3
HOME
GOALS
7
1
AWAY
GOALS
3
HEADED
GOALS
2
L
4
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
1
R
6
180
MINS
PER GOAL
108
TOTAL
11
In Europe Ronaldo has scored 10 goals and made five assists this season, as compared to Dybala’s record of 4 goals and no assists.

THE FULL-BACKS

Swashbuckling right-back Dani Alves is still a tremendous footballing force at the age of 34. While on the opposing flank Real left-back Marcelo is of the same mould.


Dani Alves
versus
Marcelo
DEFPOSITIONDEF
34Y 0MAGE29Y 0M
5FT 7INHEIGHT5FT 9IN
10ST 9LBWEIGHT11ST 9LB
 
CL | JUV | | RMD | CL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
10
STARTS
10
911
MINS
PLAYED
881
3
GOALS
SCORED
F
3
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
4
ASSISTS
1
8
CLEAN
SHEETS
1
3
GOALS
AGAINST
12
304
MINS PER
GOALS A
73
7
TOTAL

Both have played a vital role in their respective teams’ journey to the final, with Alves also scoring three goals and making four assists along the way.

THE CENTRE-BACKS

Both Leonardo Bonucci and Sergio Ramos are giants in defence; blocking, tackling, heading and leading their teams with experience and guile.

Leonardo
Bonucci
versusSergio
Ramos
DEFPOSITIONDEF
30Y 1MAGE31Y 2M
6FT 3INHEIGHT6FT 0IN
13ST 5LBWEIGHT11ST 5LB
 
CL | JUV | | RMD | CL
06/16 - 06/1706/16 - 06/17
10
STARTS
10
878
MINS
PLAYED
881
1
GOALS
SCORED
1
F
1
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
H
1
ASSISTS
2
7
CLEAN
SHEETS
1
3
GOALS
AGAINST
13
293
MINS PER
GOALS A
68
4
TOTAL
2

Both now in their thirties, their experience and abilities will be vital to their respective sides on Saturday night.

Juventus have only conceded three goals in the Champions League this season, and when Bonnucci has been on the pitch they’ve collected seven clean sheets.

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