Real Madrid’s past and present Galacticos

When it comes to European Cups, nobody rivals Real Madrid, as the reigning Champions of Europe look forward to their chance at la Duodecima against Juventus, we look back to their eighth UEFA Champions League triumph from the year 2000.

After just escaping the second group phase on head-to-head record over third place Dynamo Kiev thanks to a 2-1 win in Ukraine, Madrid faced reigning European Champions Manchester United, edging them out in a 3-2 win at Old Trafford thanks to two goals in two minutes from Raul and an own goal from Roy Keane, even after a late flurry which saw goals from David Beckham and Paul Scholes make it close.

The return to form of summer signing flop Nicolas Anelka in the semi-finals saw them beat German giants Bayern Munich 3-2 on aggregate just months after suffering 4-2 and 4-1 defeats in the second group phase which threatened to knock them out.

Much like the 2014 and 2016 finals, it was an emerging Spanish side awaiting them in the final at the Stade de France but unlike the most recent finals which were edgy and went to extra time, this was one of the most comfortable finals, with Real winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Fernando Morientes, Steve McManaman and Raul.

As the 2017 final comes into view and Madrid chase European crown number 12, who in today’s domineering side could join the beta-Galacticos of 2000?

SEE ALSO: Combined: Juventus’ finalists of pure class

A couple great players miss out, there’s no room for once world record transfer Gareth Bale, nor Marcelo who’s been playing excellently on the run to this year’s final, nor the scorer of the opening goal in the 2000 final Fernando Morientes.