Real Madrid and Juventus, both giant clubs, are set to face each other on Sunday in the much-awaited Champions League final. Juventus will be hoping to end their run of final losses, while Real Madrid will be looking to defend their Champions League title, being the first team to ever achieve this feat.
We will look at the few members who have an association with both the Italian and the Spanish clubs. For these people, there would either be some sentimental value attached to their previous clubs or perhaps extra motivation to give it their best against the club they were once involved with. A lot of eyes would be on them and expect them to make an impact.
He started out early in Real Madrid, and was a star among the young ones, scoring 45 goals in 83 appearances for the youth team. Coming through the youth ranks, the Spanish striker scored 10 goals for the Spanish club before being sold to Juventus in 2014. He didn’t start regularly, but rose exponentially, carving his way into the starting 11, and then impressed all with his strike rate and finishing abilities. This prompted Real Madrid to execute their buyback clause and bring back Morata, where he didn’t disappoint. He’s won trophies at both clubs.
Morata: We know that we can win it but if you are facing a team like Juventus so you can’t say it for sure.
— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) May 30, 2017
Morata: We are motivated and prepared. Second consecutive Champions? We hope we win it, but we do not think.
— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) May 30, 2017
With his future being uncertain now and him being heavily linked with AC Milan, Morata would love to go out with a bang, winning the Champions League trophy and making an impact against his old club, provided if he starts of course.
Higuain, without doubt, enjoyed his time at Real Madrid. 6 productive years at a club is only going to make you more attached to it, and hence, it was sad for him and the fans when he made an emotional departure to Napoli after slipping down the ranks and being overshadowed by other Galacticos.
Although hosting a spectacular goal-scoring record with Napoli, he was heavily slated after his 75 million pound move to The Old Lady. This goes to show how underrated he is. At Juventus too, he proved that he is a goal-poacher, scoring 25+ goals again to help his club win the double, and possibly a treble.
Keeping his love for Real Madrid aside, he has publicly warned them that they will be giving their all to win the treble. It would provoke a lot of emotions if Higuaín manages to score against his old club.
Higuaín has scored 150+ goals for Juventus and Madrid combined
Will he strike again in the #UCLfinal?
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 30, 2017
— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) June 2, 2017
This one left Real Madrid on a negative note. Being an influential part in the beginning, went up and down, and ultimately faded towards the latter stages, barely making any appearances for the club. He personally stated that he felt unwanted by the club, and constant criticism made him nervous, further prompting him to look for a move.
After a stressful time, Juventus successfully snatched him on a free transfer, which proved a bargain no doubt.
Khedira: “I’ve played with top clubs in Germany & Spain – There are few clubs in Europe that could compete with Juventus. Juve is the top.” pic.twitter.com/l0ZX4jSAbU
— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) June 1, 2017
He’s performed much better since then, often proving he is an amazing box-to-box midfielder and deserves to be appreciated.
Ahead of the finals, Khedira stated in multiple interviews how he was undervalued by the club and is still criticized by the fans of the club. He calls them ‘disrespectful’, and is in vengeance mode, looking forward to triumph against his former club come Sunday.
If one person can have a fruitful career at both the clubs, it’s this guy. He enjoyed the majority of his career playing for both these football giants, spending 5 years at each. Zizou won multiple trophies for the club and at an individual level, which included a Ballon d’Or and a Champions League with Real Madrid, in which he scored one of the most iconic goals ever scored in the Champions League.
Remember that Zinedine Zidane wonder goal in the Champions League final?
Here what made it so special.https://t.co/5aToy82FJf
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) June 1, 2017
Both clubs would be glad to have Zidane as a part of them.
He returns against his old club, as a manager for Real Madrid this time. The Frenchman will be defending the UCL trophy, having won it last year against rivals Atletico Madrid. He deserves all the accolades in the world. And even the ones associated with Juventus will approach him with respect rather than bitterness if he manages to lift the trophy again.