Champions League Final: Real Madrid's Billion Euro 'Decima' Obsession

Real Madrid F.C. face Atletico Madrid in the final of the Champions League in Lisbon. They have won the crown nine times and are desperate to end their wait for the tenth.

updated: May 20, 2014 09:09 IST
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Madrid: Real Madrid face local rivals and newly crowned La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in Lisbon on Saturday desperate to land their long-awaited tenth European crown.

It has been 12 years since Zinedine Zidane looked up into the drizzly Glasgow sky and connected sweetly on the volley to score one the of the great European Cup final goals to hand Real the trophy for a ninth time.

For Florentino Perez's Galactico led project that was supposed to be merely the beginning. Zidane had followed the controversial signing of Luis Figo from eternal rivals Barcelona a year earlier and was supposed to lead a domination of Europe akin to that which saw Real become world renowned by winning the first five European Cups between 1956 and 1960.

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