Combined: Juventus’ finalists of pure class

Juventus will face off against Real Madrid for this year’s Champions League title in Cardiff with the Italian giants hoping to improve on a disappointing record at this stage of the competition.

Juventus have had few problems historically in reaching finals of the continent’s premier club competition – this will be their ninth since 1973 – but on only two occasions have actually won the trophy.

This is a surprisingly modest record for a club of this stature, one that has been able to field so many world class footballers over the years. To demonstrate that quality, I’ve taken a look back over the club’s finals history and put together a fantasy team featuring the greatest stars to have appeared for the Bianconeri. Players from every past final are represented in this gallery.

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If you consider some of the wonderful players who didn’t quite make the cut – Zoff, Zidane, Vialli, Bettega, Bonini, Rossi, Davids, Pirlo – you can appreciate what a tough team this was to assemble.

Gianluigi Buffon is the only contemporary player to feature here, but if Juventus can go on to add a third title in Cardiff then other current stars like Bonucci, Chiellini, Higuain and Dybala will be pushing hard for inclusion on any future updated version of this team.