Ronaldo 2-1 to leapfrog Messi in race for the Golden Boot
There is always rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and the duo will have their own battle for the top goalscorer honours decided by the Champions League final.
Barcelona’s Messi will be watching from the sidelines, stuck on 11 tournament goals, one clear of Real Madrid’s Ronaldo with this final clash to come for the Spaniards against Juventus.
Messi is 2-5 to scoop the Golden Boot with Ronaldo at 2-1.
Holders Real Madrid are 11-12 to become the first team in the current era to successfully defend the title, while 39-year-old Juve keeper Gigi Buffon will also rewrite the history books by becoming the oldest player to win the Champions League if the even-money underdogs are triumphant in Cardiff.
Buffon is generally available at 2-1 to keep a clean sheet and Juventus are 7-2 to win to nil.
The betting suggests it will be a tight final and six of the last 16 Champions League finals have gone all the way to penalties.
A shootout is 9-2 with bet365 and BoyleSports and Real Madrid can be backed at 11-1 to win on penalties – just like they did at San Siro against Atletico Madrid in last season’s final.
Juventus have lost six previous European Cup/Champions League finals but boss Max Allegri believes his side are in better shape than two years ago when the Turin side were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in Berlin.
Giorgio Chiellini was ruled out on the eve of the final and fellow defender Andrea Barzagli played despite struggling throughout with a muscle problem and Allegri said yesterday: “In 2015 we got to the final and deserved to, but perhaps we were not strongly motived – maybe we didn’t feel confident enough.
“We didn’t get to the final by chance, but we didn’t expect to win. This year is different.”
Former Juventus and much-travelled veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is injured, could be on the move from Old Trafford after he was backed to leave Manchester United.
Hills were offering 7-4 on Friday morning that Ibra would not be at United by the end of the summer transfer window but that was backed in to 1-3 before betting was suspended.
United are 10-1 to be Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe’s next club with Coral in a market headed by 13-8 shots Real Madrid. Arsenal are 2-1 having reportedly made a move to bring the teenage sensation to London.
Another of Monaco’s impressive youngsters could also be heading to the capital with Betway offering a market on Tiemoue Bakayoko’s club at the start of next term. Chelsea is 4-7 with the defensive midfielder 2-1 to remain at Monaco.