When Madrid flew to Turin for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in 2003, the "Galacticos" appeared on the brink of yet another memorable conquest.
Ronaldo again highlighted a change to his approach in training and a greater willingness to be rested as a key factor in his strong end to the season.
They will be playing on the same side of the pitch on Saturday, attacking and defending against each other. It has not captured a Champions League crown since 1996, but it is looking for its third title overall.
Making a perfectly-timed run to the near post, he met Luka Modric's cross with an ice-cool finish that ensured Madrid would become the first team since AC Milan 27 years ago to win back to back European Cups. He won three trophies with Barcelona.
But legendary striker Omar Sivori struck in the return as Juve became the first team to inflict a European home defeat on Madrid, who had been unbeaten in their previous 22 games at the Bernabeu. 'I say this as a friend and a former teammate who knows him well - he deserves it, ' Pirlo wrote.
Ronaldo, however, is unlikely to find much freedom against Juventus, a team with one of the best defenses in soccer.More news: Apresan a 3 involucrados en la muerte de periodista de BCS
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But with the Portuguese star being Madrid's No1 penalty taker, the other selections from Zidane have not taken penalties this season.
A sixth consecutive Serie A title has already been won.
One of the most talented defenders of all-time, Real Madrid's Brazilian left back has been commended by compatriot Roberto Carlos as possessing "better technical ability than me" as quoted by A Different League. With Real all-too familiar with Dybala's strike partner Gonzalo Higuain, it could be down to the 23-year-old to make the difference on Saturday night.
Several attractions will be organized before the game to keep the fans entertained.
Madrid will be facing a sturdy defense supported by a formidable attacking unit led by Paulo Dybala. It's hard to argue because Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane's squad rotation system has netted Madrid the Spanish league title and yet another Champions League final.