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Which Real Madrid and Juventus stars make our combined Champions League final XI?

Leonardo Bonucci or Sergio Ramos? Gonzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema? There's some tough choices to be made...

The vomit-inducing excitement of the Champions League final is upon us.

For those of you who have been living in caves with scratchy Wi-Fi connection, the finalists are Real Madrid and Juventus.

Champions of their respective countries, Los Blancos vs the Old Lady promises to be an evenly matched contest of supreme quality.

Picking a combined XI is a difficult task but we love a challenge.

How about this then?


Gigi Buffon in goal was perhaps the most straightforward choice.

The 39-year-old has lost in two Champions League finals (2003 and 2015) and this could be his last chance to add the major club trophy that has escaped his assured grasp.

The full-backs were obvious as well.

Brazilian pair Dani Alves and Marcelo have starred in the Champions League this season and are arguably the two best full-backs in the world right now.

We felt a pang of regret breaking up the formidable duo of Leonardo Bonucci and Georgio Chiellini but Sergio Ramos is the ultimate big-game defender.

Madrid’s captain scored crucial goals in both the Madrid derby European finals and always saves his best form for the big stage.

We went with Chiellini over Bonucci purely because of the former’s unbelievable displays against Barcelona and Monaco in the knockout stages of this campaign.

Sergio Ramos and Marcelo will be hoping for starts against Juventus in Cardiff

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Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were must-haves, no debating.

We offset Madrid’s metronomes with the stylish Miralem Pjanic.

The Bosnian playmaker is on free-kick duty for us as well.

Juninho reckons Pjanic is the best free-kick taker in the world

Juninho reckons Pjanic is the best free-kick taker in the world

Now for the big boys up front.

We don’t have to justify Cristiano Ronaldo’s selection; especially after his superhuman hat-trick exploits in the knockout stages.

Wonderkid Paulo Dybala gets a spot.

The Argentine southpaw has been the breakout star of the tournament and his coming-of-age performance against Barca will live long in the memory.

The final spot was a straight shootout between Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema.

Tough call.

Both have five goals in Europe this season and the Argentine hitman did his best to wash the ‘flat track bully’ tag off him with a brace against Monaco in the semis.

Whereas Benzema has been consistent throughout and his straitjacket escape to provide an assist for Isco against Atletico was arguably the most inspired moment of the Champions League.

However, we gave it to Higuain purely because we believe he’s a more natural goalscorer.

Former Madrid forward Higuain could deal a decisive blow against his old club on Saturday night

Former Madrid forward Higuain could deal a decisive blow against his old club on Saturday night

Six Juventus players to Madrid’s five but it so easily could have gone the other way.

The final is too close to call and that’s why it should be an absolute belter.