Gooooooaaal! Real Madrid takes on their fellow countrymen, Atletico Madrid, in the UEFA Champions League Final on May 28. Before a single ball is kicked, here are 5 epic and fun facts about the Champions League final.
This is what every single soccer fan has been waiting for. The best of the very best will clash, as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will play in the Champions League Final. This game promises to be one for the history books, but first learn about some other record-setting Champions League Finals.
1. This game is another historic accomplishment for Madrid.
This is the fifth time that two teams from the same country have played each other in the Champions league final, according to Sports Direct. Bayern Munich faced fellow Germans Borussia Dortmund in 2013. The Brits went head-to-head when Manchester United challenged Chelsea in 2008. Real Madrid actually fought their fellow Spaniards in 2000 when they faced Valencia. When they take on Atletico on May 28, it will be the second time two clubs from the same city play for in the Final, as the Real played Atletico in the 2014 Champions League Final.
2. Real Madrid sure knows how to score.
Going into this game, Real Madrid must feel confident because they still have the record for the highest score ever recorded in a Champions League Final. In 1960, when it was called the European Cup, Real Madrid won their 5th consecutive title with an epic score of 7-3, according to the BBC. The poor Eintracht Frankfurt squad didn’t stand a chance.
3. The fastest goal happened in under a minute.
It took AC Milan’s Paolo Maldini, 47, less time than it takes to microwave a bag of popcorn to score the fastest Champions League final goal in history, according to Guinness World Records. In the 2005 match against Liverpool, Paolo drew first blood just 52 seconds into the game. Liverpool would ultimately win the 3-3 tie via a shootout, but Paolo’s record still stands ten years later.
4. The Champions League attendance record reached six-digits!
The 2016 Champions League final will take place at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. The facility has a capacity of 80,018. If Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid fans pack the stands completely full, it wouldn’t even crack the Attendance Record Top 10. The all-time record was set by that incredible 1960 European Cup final, as 127,621 people saw that match in Hampden Park, Glasgow.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance will likely be record-breaking.
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of 16 players who have scored two Champions League finals. If he knocks in a point during his bout with Atletico, he’ll be the first and only player to score in three separate UEFA Champions League finals, according to UEFA.com. However, he won’t touch the record set by Alfredo Di Stefano, who scored in five different European Cups with Real Madrid.
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