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Cardiff centre like carnival for UEFA Champions League final

CARDIFF Centre feels like a carnival as hundreds of thousands of fans from all over Europe visit for the UEFA final.

The final of the Champions League is between Real Madrid and Juventus and 170,000 fans are attending, which is half the size of the population of Cardiff.

Raul, 20, from Madrid, said that the match meant more to him than football. He said: “It’s to have a nice weekend with my family and I would like to share the moment. It’s more than football, I just have to say that.”

Cardiff Castle in full UEFA regalia

Cardiff Castle in full UEFA regalia

The mass of fans have caused delays in Paddington Station in London, and extra trains carried 60,000 passengers, while there were more than 1,250 coaches, 400 extra flights.

Leti Roca, 23, from Galicia, said: “Cardiff is such a beautiful city, and the atmosphere is great.”

The city is full of Real Madrid and Juventus fans

The city is full of Real Madrid and Juventus fans

Lorena Palace, 23, from Toledo, said: “I love Real Madrid. This is such a special tournament and the most important day of the year.”

Real Madrid have reached the European Cup/Champions League final for the 15th time, four more than any other club. They’ve won 11 of the previous 14.

However, Juventus are the only unbeaten team in this season’s Champions League, they have won nine and drawn three. They are the first team since Atletico Madrid in 2013/14 to reach the final without losing a single game.

It could be anyone’s game tonight. Sky Bet odds are:

Juventus to win 2/1
Draw 21/10
Real Madrid to win 13/8
Cristiano Ronaldo to score a header 12/1
Karim Benzema to score first 8/1
Paulo Dybala to score first 8/1
Sergio Ramos to score a header 14/1
Real Madrid to win 3-1 28/1
Juventus to win 2-0 14/1
Dybala to score first with a header and Real Madrid 3-1 400/1
Dybala & Modric to score from outside the penalty area and Juventus win 500/1

To find out what Juventus fans have thought of their Champions League weekend so far, click here.

For the police’s handling of the biggest sporting event Cardiff has ever hosted, click here.

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