Real Madrid, Juventus make for epic Champions League title matchup

Talk of European soccer so often revolves around money and the pursuit of it these days, yet the continent’s biggest and richest game Saturday comes with an unmistakable flavor of romance.

Real Madrid and Juventus, respective giants of Spain and Italy, will clash at Cardiff’s National Stadium in a contest sure to tug at the heartstrings, one way or another.

From a potential dream farewell for an all-time great to a nostalgic homecoming, here are some of the reasons why the UEFA Champions League is well worth your time.

The gentleman goalkeeper

Gianluigi Buffon owns a legitimate claim to the title of the best goalkeeper in soccer history, but Juventus’ veteran leader is revered for reasons far beyond his prowess between the posts.

Buffon is the ultimate professional and has based his career around loyalty. A proud Italian who belts out the anthem at the top of his voice before international games, he also resisted overtures from countless…

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