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UEFA Champions League: Sergio Ramos praises Juventus great Gianluigi Buffon

Juventus’ veteran goalkeeeper Gianluigi Buffon is among the all-time greats, says Real Madrid C.F. captain Sergio Ramos ahead of their UEFA Champions League final date.

football Updated: May 31, 2017 14:19 IST
UEFA Champions League final,Real Madrid C.F.,Gianluigi Buffon
Down the years Sergio Ramos (R) has come head-to-head against the wall that is Gianluigi Buffon, including in Italy vs Spain international matches. Real Madrid C.F. will have a tough task in the UEFA Champions League this weekend, playing against the well-oiled defence of Juventus, marshalled by Buffon. (Getty Images)

Real Madrid C.F. captain Sergio Ramos paid tribute to Juventus “legend” Gianluigi Buffon ahead of the UEFA Champions League final.

Buffon, 39, is aiming to win Europe’s top club competition for the first time when Juve face Real Madrid C.F. in the decider in Cardiff on Saturday.

Sergio Ramos hailed the veteran goalkeeper, an eight-time Serie A winner, as one of the greats.

“Buffon is a legend and he will be remembered as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of football,” he said on Tuesday.

“He is an example for anyone who wants to live and experience this sport and he has shown that age has been no barrier.”

Madrid are eyeing back-to-back Champions League crowns and a record 12th title when the teams meet at the Principality Stadium.

Ramos believes the balance in Zinedine Zidane’s squad has helped them to success this season, including winning LaLiga.

“For me it’s an honour that Zidane says I represent Madrid’s values,” the 31-year-old said.

“Every one of us here brings something different: some experience, some youth, some balance, some goals… we all give what we can.

“That mix is the key to our success and we have a good atmosphere and a really good harmony.”

First Published: May 31, 2017 10:43 IST