June 1 (Reuters) - Here are some facts and figures ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Juventus and defending champions Real Madrid in Cardiff:
- Italian champions Juventus have won the competition twice before, in 1985 and 1996.
- Spanish champions Real Madrid have won on 11 previous occasions in 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, and 2016.
- The teams have met in Europe’s top-level club competition on 18 previous occasions, ending with eight wins apiece and two draws between them.
- Madrid have scored 499 goals in the competition and will become the first team in the tournament’s history to reach 500 goals if they score in the final.
- If Madrid beat Juventus, the Spanish side will become the first team to successfully defend the title since AC Milan in 1990.
- Juventus will become the ninth European side to record a treble if they beat Madrid, having already won the Coppa Italia and Serie A this season.
- The Italians are seeking to become the first team to lift the trophy unbeaten since Manchester United in 2008.
Ronaldo on form:
- Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to reach 100 career Champions League goals this season.
- The Portuguese also tied Lionel Messi’s record of seven Champions League career hat-tricks.
- Ronaldo also became the only player in Champions League history to score consecutive hat-tricks in knockout stage matches.
- This year’s Champions League final will be played at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff, which was opened in 1999 for the Rugby World Cup.
- The stadium has gross capacity of 73,445 and an estimated net capacity of 66,000.
- The final will be broadcast in more than 200 countries, with an expected ‘live’ average of 160 million viewers.
- Both teams are competing in their sixth Champions League final, equalling AC Milan’s record.
- Germany’s Felix Brych will referee the final. The 41-year-old was in charge of the 2014 Europa League final between Sevilla and Benfica in Turin.
- This year’s Champions League saw 375 goals scored in 124 games, with an average of 3.02 goals per game.
- The highest previous average was in the 2012-13 season when 368 goals were scored in 125 games at an average of 2.94 goals per game.
- The highest-scoring Champions League game this season took place between Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and Poland’s Legia Warsaw on Nov. 22. Dortmund won 8-4.
- Dortmund also scored the most goals in the group stage this season with 21.
- Including the knockout stages, Real Madrid are the highest scorers at this year’s competition with 32 goals.
Top scorers this season (Prefix indicates goals scored):
11-Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
10-Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
8-Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
8-Edison Cavani (Paris St Germain)
7-Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)
- Real Madrid (499), Barcelona (459), Bayern Munich (415), Manchester United (350), Arsenal (281), Juventus (263), Chelsea (249), AC Milan (231), Porto (218), Olympique Lyon (187)
* Source - UEFA (Compiled by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru)