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5 things to watch out for in Champions League final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund

One last time for these two Germans

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s meeting in the Champions League final has the ingredients of a classic.

The overwhelming favourite – the historical kings of Europe – who have fought for every inch to grab their crown back, the chance to win an unprecedented 15th title. The unfancied underdog who have emerged from the rubble of a supposed ‘weaker’ half of the bracket, ready to defy the odds again. And all under the famous arch of Wembley.

It’s a fixture that doesn’t need much hyping up from the outside, but aren’t you lucky that we at 90min are going to do so anyway.

Here are five storylines to look out for in Saturday’s Champions League final.

One last time for these two Germans

One last time for these two Germans / Angel Martinez/Getty Images, Markus Gilliar – GES Sportfoto/Getty Images

The book will close on two footballing fairytales at Wembley, with Marco Reus turning out for his boyhood Dortmund for the final time and Toni Kroos playing his last-ever club match.

Both Germans have enjoyed successful and storied careers to this point, but only one will leave Wembley as a European champion.

Reus is one of only two Dortmund players left from the 2013 side that lost in London to Bayern Munich, where Kroos was contracted at the time but missed out on a place in the squad due to injury. Will BVB ensure their 35-year-old maestro signs off in style or will Madrid win their midfielder his sixth Champions League?

Jude Bellingham, Toni Kroos, Vinicius Jr

Three contenders for the Ballon d’Or / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has already insisted that Kroos could cap off his glittering career with a Ballon d’Or.

“Well, anything can happen. If he wins the Champions League and the Euro. I think he can do a double. Germany can win with Kroos,” the Italian said earlier this week.

Though this isn’t beyond the realms of possibility, it’s still more likely the award will go to one of Kroos’ younger teammates instead, with Vinicius Junior and Jude Bellingham seemingly the frontrunners.

Both have come up with huge contributions on Madrid’s path to glory already this season. You’d expect at least one of them to have the final say at Wembley.

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