For these two specific teams, though, the most creative players aren't who you would expect because it's those two fullbacks, Alves and Marcelo, who carried most of the creative load during their teams' runs to the Champions League final.
We have worked for a whole year.
"If we can do that, with a bit of luck, we shall have a possibility but we need to be convinced and confident".
The Brazilian right-back won three Champions League titles with Barcelona and when he signed for Juve previous year, Buffon sent him a text message telling him to bring his expertise in the tournament with him.
"Tomorrow we have to win".
Finally, the day has come. "I have the feeling that we are going to play a great game and we are going to win".
He has struggled with injury this season and is fighting to be fit for Saturday night's final against Juventus which will be played in his hometown of Cardiff.
Here, our writers predict how they see European football's showpiece event unfolding.
Khedira conquered Europe with Real in 2014 but never really cut it at the Bernabeu, while Higuain, despite scoring more than 100 goals for the club, is still looking for a Champions League medal. It's the same for Juventus.
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The stage for the biggest match in European football is set. People always say we are favourites but there are no faves in a final.
"We know our opponent very well, we both have a 50-50 chance of winning".
"I have lived and been at Juventus, in Italy there is the famous Catenaccio, but Juve do not just have that".
"But at the same time, I want to play this game without regrets and without thinking of these issues". He is anxious, he worries about the others, what is really important is what he does professionally.
"He always wants more. We are very motivated and want to win our second in a row".
If they play a 4-4-2, they could be undone by Juventus' full-backs. Nothing changes; nothing should change. I have seen it as player and coach.
At the heart of that Juventus defense is a guy looking to become the oldest Champions League victor: 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
While Juventus have lost their last four trips to the final of this competition, Real Madrid will be hoping to become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League.
A head coach for only 17 months, Zidane has had a hand in Madrid's ninth, 10th and 11th Champions League triumphs - as a player, assistant coach and boss.
FRANCISCO "ISCO" ALARCON: Isco was one of Madrid's most important players despite not being one of the regular starters at the beginning of the season.
Cardiff's iconic Millennium Stadium provides a fitting venue for a mouthwatering final full of intriguing sub-plots, one of which could see Wales' Gareth Bale make a triumphant return to his home town.