Ex-Juventus ace Alessio Tacchinardi admits that he would “pay to see Gianluigi Buffon win the Champions League”, arguing that both his former team-mate and club would be more worthy winners of this year’s tournament than fellow finalists Real Madrid.

“Two sides are arriving in Cardiff that have both had a great season,” the ex-Italy international tells Goal in an exclusive interview.

“Real has grown a lot in the last few months. They won La Liga, they knocked out big teams, running well thanks to the many world-class players that they have in their squad..

“But this Juve deserve to lift the trophy again. I would pay to see Gigi Buffon win the Champions League!

“They all deserve it, though: the players, the coach, the club and the fans who have been waiting for a new triumph for so many years.”

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