Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said his side will leave their illustrious European history to one side in Saturday’s Champions League final against Juventus and try to imagine they are vying to win the trophy for the first time.
Ramos is gunning for his 18th winner’s medal for club and country and is far from alone in the Madrid dressing in room in having a lengthy honours list. Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in his fifth Champions League final.
Ramos scored a 93rd-minute equalizer in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid, leading to a 4-1 extra-time win which ended a 12 year Champions League barren spell. That started a cycle of three finals in four years, as they also beat Atletico on penalties in the 2016 showpiece in Milan.
Juventus defender Dani Alves, perhaps inspired by his many years spent with Real’s arch rivals Barcelona, did look into the past as he dragged up the 1998 final between Real and Juventus which was decided for the Spaniards by a hotly-debated Predrag Mijatovic goal.