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  • Mbappe: Ronaldo favourite to win Ballon ...

    Kylian Mbappe believes that Gianluigi Buffon would be a worthy winner of the Ballon d'Or after a monumental season with Juventus, although he admits Cristiano Ronaldo is more likely to take the award.  Mbappe is so far the only man to put a goal past the Juventus goalkeeper in t...

    Mbappe: Ronaldo favourite to win Ballon d'Or, but Buffon deserves it

    Kylian Mbappe believes that Gianluigi Buffon would be a worthy winner of the Ballon d'Or after a monumental season with Juventus, although he admits Cristiano Ronaldo is more likely to take the award.  Mbappe is so far the only man to put a goal past the Juventus goalkeeper in this year's Champions League knockout phase, but it was not enough to avoid a 4-1 aggregate defeat for Monaco in the semi finals.  Wenger to give away FA Cup medal There are no hard feelings, though, as the teenager heaped praise on Buffon ahead of the competition's showpiece between Juve and Real Madrid in Cardiff next week. "For all of his work, [Buffon] deserves the Ballon d'Or, but I think it depends on the Champions League final," he explained to Eurosport.  "If Real Madrid win, I think it will be Cristiano Ronaldo but otherwise, I think it would be good for Buffon to win the Golden Ball. " Despite his admiration for Buffon, Mbappe's loyalties will be split as he watches the action at the Millennium Stadium.  Leading Madrid will be Zinedine Zidane, the teenager's compatriot and his all-time idol on the pitch.  "The one who made me love football was Zidane. Afterwards I developed several idols but really Zidane was my very first idol," he said, while also commenting on the comparisons he has invited with fellow legend Thierry Henry. "It's flattering to be compared to Henry, but as I said and I repeat: 'everybody writes his story.'  "Thierry has made his career and it was immense, I think it would not be fair to compare an 18-year-old who has not done anything yet. "If I make a great career, I would not want to be compared to an 18-year-old who has not done anything yet." Mbappe smashed 26 goals in all competitions for Monaco in 2016-17, enjoying a superb second season that helped his team take the Ligue 1 title.

  • Juventus won't rest Dybala & Higuain...

    Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala will feature in Juventus' final Serie A contest of the season at Bologna, but Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are rested with the Champions League final against Real Madrid on the horizon. Juve completed the second part of what they hope w...

    Juventus won't rest Dybala & Higuain ahead of Champions League final

    Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala will feature in Juventus' final Serie A contest of the season at Bologna, but Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini are rested with the Champions League final against Real Madrid on the horizon. Juve completed the second part of what they hope will be a treble by beating Crotone to retain the Scudetto last week, having already won the Coppa Italia. Griezmann dismisses Atleti exit rumours Massimiliano Allegri has resisted the temptation to rest his star strikers, though, with Higuain, Dybala and Mario Mandzukic all set to start versus Bologna. However, the head coach has decided that Buffon and Chiellini will not play ahead of the Cardiff showpiece against Madrid on June 3. "We will look to end the Serie A season on a high by winning against Bologna, then we will think about the Champions League final," Allegri said at a media conference. "Higuain, Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Juan Cuadrado will line up in attack on Saturday. "Emil Audero will be our goalkeeper. "Chiellini will not feature, but Sami Khedira will be back in midfield."

  • Zidane hails 'born leader' Buffon

    Zinedine Zidane has hailed Gianluigi Buffon's leadership qualities both on and off the pitch, describing the goalkeeper as 'an extraordinary player'. Buffon will lead Juventus out against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3 as he looks to clinch the trophy that h...

    Zidane hails 'born leader' Buffon

    Zinedine Zidane has hailed Gianluigi Buffon's leadership qualities both on and off the pitch, describing the goalkeeper as 'an extraordinary player'. Buffon will lead Juventus out against Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3 as he looks to clinch the trophy that has already eluded him on two occasions. Zidane: No words can do Ronaldo justice Zidane departed Juve for Real Madrid just as Buffon arrived in Turin from Parma, but he is well aware of the Italy international's attributes. "I think it's about what he has achieved. He's a born leader. He has been an extraordinary player throughout his career. He's a leader on the pitch and a great captain," the Madrid coach told Uefa.com.  "In terms of everything he has said about players that he has met, he has always looked out for his fellow professionals. "That shows you the sort of person he is, besides being a great goalkeeper and leader." Zidane has been impressed by his former club's performance this season as they secured their fifth Serie A title in a row and defied the odds to reach the final of Europe's premier club competition. The Frenchman says that Massimiliano Allegri has improved the team he inherited from Antonio Conte and believes that the 49-year-old is one of the best coaches in the world. "He deserves everything that has been happening to him. He has shown he is among the top coaches in the world," Zidane said. "He has rebuilt, or at the very least improved, this Juve team. "Of course it's down to the club and the players too, but above all it's down to the coach heading the project. "I have great respect for him."

  • Champions League final to be played unde...

    The 2017 Champions League final will be the first to be played under a closed roof following a decision by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) in relation to security fears. Bale set to be fit for CL final The FAW confirmed on Friday that the Principality Stadium roof will ...

    Champions League final to be played under closed roof for first time

    The 2017 Champions League final will be the first to be played under a closed roof following a decision by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) in relation to security fears. Bale set to be fit for CL final The FAW confirmed on Friday that the Principality Stadium roof will be shut for the match between Juventus and Real Madrid on June 3, following talks with authorities. The decision comes after the UK raised its terrorism threat level in the wake of Monday's suicide bomb attack in Manchester, which killed 22 people. "Following discussions between all stakeholders, the Football Association of Wales, as the organiser of the event, has made the decision to close the roof of the National Stadium of Wales for the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final – the roof will also be closed for the two official training sessions to be held at the Stadium on Friday, June 2," said the FAW. "The decision to close the roof was taken by the FAW taking into consideration the recommendations made by the authorities over the last few weeks. The two finalists have just been made aware of the decision. "The 2017 UEFA Champions League Final will be the first final to have been played under a closed roof and will further amplify the stadium's atmosphere when Juventus FC take on Real Madrid CF on Saturday, June 3." Man City set to sign Bernardo Silva UEFA responded by saying: "UEFA's priority for the UEFA Champions League final, as with all its matches, is to ensure that it is a safe and secure event for all stakeholders, from the participating teams to the supporters. "We acknowledge the decision made by the Football Association of Wales, in consultation with the South Wales Police, to close the roof for safety and security reasons." UEFA has also insisted that the Champions Festival in Cardiff will go ahead as planned prior to the final. Reports in Spain on Friday claimed that the open-air event in Cardiff Bay would be cancelled due to heightened security concerns, but European football's governing body says it will go ahead as planned. "Contrary to what has been reported in some media, the fan meeting points and the Festival will take place as originally planned under strict safety and security arrangements, which have been developed during several months in close cooperation with the Football Association of Wales and local authorities," UEFA said in a statement.   "Regarding the Champions Festival, fans will still be able to enjoy wide-ranging activities, including the opportunity to take pictures with the famous UEFA Champions League trophy, play football on mini-pitches and see a legends match.   "As has always been the case in previous years, there will not be any public screening of the match itself." The Festival, which will run from June 1 to June 4, comprises a live-music stage and a 'floating pitch', on which a match featuring legends of the game will take place. "In addition, the floating pitch will host community activity, including walking football, refugee teams from Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, a deaf football friendly international, learning disability and youth age groups matches," according to UEFA's schedule.

  • Bale resumes Real Madrid training ahead ...

    Gareth Bale has resumed Real Madrid training ahead of next week's Champions League final against Juventus. The Wales international suffered a calf problem in the 3-2 La Liga defeat against Barcelona on April 23, making his comeback in the Clasico after previously suffering a sim...

    Bale resumes Real Madrid training ahead of Champions League final

    Gareth Bale has resumed Real Madrid training ahead of next week's Champions League final against Juventus. The Wales international suffered a calf problem in the 3-2 La Liga defeat against Barcelona on April 23, making his comeback in the Clasico after previously suffering a similar injury against Bayern Munich.  Liverpool chase £50m rated Keita Bale has been out of action ever since, missing the final stages of the domestic season as Madrid clinched their first title since 2011-12, but he could make his return in the showpiece in Cardiff on June 3. The 27-year-old took part in Friday's training session without any noteworthy problems and seems ready for the upcoming clash with Juventus. Bale played a key role in Madrid's Champions League win last season, providing the assist for Sergio Ramos' opener, while also converting a spot kick as they beat Atletico Madrid after penalties. He also found the net in Madrid's 2013-14 Champions League final win over Atletico, netting the second goal to lead his side to the Decima. The former Tottenham man has been plagued by injury this season and has made a mere 26 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine times.  

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