Champions League final will bring three intriguing individual battles

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The Champions League final is upon us. The stage is set with millions of viewers across the globe.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid get ready for their final showdown in Milan. The price at stake, the most decorated club trophy in the world.

All aspects point toward a tight encounter between the two Spanish giants, with Real filled with exciting attacking names, and Atletico known as a strong and resilient outfit.


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Here we take a look at the key player battles to look out for:

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Diego Godin

Despite many doubts over his fading influence on the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed a stellar campaign for Real Madrid. The Portuguese forward has bagged an astonishing 16 goals in the Champions League alone this season, only one short of his own personal record.

The man entrusted with keeping Ronaldo at bay will most certainly be Diego Godin. The Uruguayan has been instrumental in Atletico's success in recent seasons, and has established himself as one of the best centre backs in world football. 

One of the most classic examples of attack vs defence which could have direct ramifications on the game.

Casemiro vs Koke

Casemiro has been something of a revelation this season. The Brazilian has nailed down a first team spot in the Los Blancos lineup, keeping big name players like James Rodriguez and Isco out of the side.

Casemiro's major attribute is his ability to cut out opposition attacks and recovering the ball, which will come in handy against a swift customer like Koke.

Koke has directly played a hand in 22 of his team's goals this season, justifying his status as the team's most potent playmaker. 

The midfield battle is sure to be an enticing one with these two players holding the key on who comes out on top.

Sergio Ramos vs Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann has been nothing short of  exceptional for Atletico Madrid this season. The Frenchman is undoubtedly his side's biggest attacking threat with 32 goals in all competitions.

Atletico Madrid have been ruthless in their counter attacks with Griezmann as the main driving force.

With strikes against Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Griezmann has produced the goods when needed, but this time he has Sergio Ramos up against him.

Ramos has been brilliant for the best part of a decade and has won it all with Los Blancos, and the Spaniard will certainly be relying on his footballing brain to keep out the Atletico attackers.

One thing is certain, we are in for an exciting final between two of the best teams in the world, but only one can come out on top.

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Gareth Bale
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