Zinedine Zidane, Gonzalo Higuain and other stars who have played for both Real Madrid and Juventus

Real Madrid and Juventus are set to clash again in this year’s Champions League quarter-finals, after Zinedine Zidane’s beat them convincingly in last year’s final.

And while both clubs have a rich history of world-class stars to have played for them, there are players who have represented both teams at different stages of their careers.

Here we take a look at those stars who’ve gone on to play for both the Spanish and Italian side.

ROBERT JARNI (Juventus 1994-95, Real Madrid 1998-99)

The Croatian stayed at both clubs for one year each. He was part of the Juve side to win Serie A in 1995. But was not a regular team player with Los Blancos.

LUIS DEL SOL (Real Madrid 1960-62, Juventus 1962-70)

He was the first Spanish player to play for Juventus. Del Sol played for two years at Real Madrid, but then moved to Juve for a big sum and became a club legend there.

SAMI KHEDIRA (Real Madrid 2010-15, Juventus 2015-present)

The German international won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 2014, but moved to the Turin side in 2015 and continues to play in the midfield with the Italians.

EMERSON (Juventus 2004-06, Real Madrid 2006-07)

Afer winning two titles with Juve, Emerson switched to Spain in the summer of 2006 and won La Liga in the only year he played there. He was later sold to AC Milan.

ZINEDINE ZIDANE (Juventus 1996-2001, Real Madrid 2001-06)

One of the best players to have played for both the clubs, Zinedine Zidane’s skill, goals, and ability made him a hero at Juve. He led them to two Serie A titles.

He left for Real Madrid for a world-record fee at the time in 2001/02. He was arguably the best player of his times and continued to play for the Whites till he retired in 2006.

FABIO CANNAVARO (Juventus 2004-06, Real Madrid 2006-09, Juventus 2009-10)

During his first spell at Juve, he won the Serie A titles twice in as many years. But they were both revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal.

He switched to the Spanish giants where he won two consecutive La Liga titles in his first two years. He was named World Player of the Year in 2006.

His form dipped in the 2008/09 season and he went back to the Bianconeri.

NICOLAS ANELKA (Real Madrid 1998-2000, Juventus 2013)

He moved from Arsenal to Real Madrid for a £22.3 million fee. Looked promising, but Anelka had a really poor season for Los Blancos, his first goal arrived in the second-half of the season.

Anelka played a part in helping the Spanish side to win the Champions League title, but soon left for PSG. His spell at Juve in 2012 lasted only two appearances.

MICHAEL LAUDRUP (Juventus 1985-89, Real Madrid 1994-96)

Michael Laudrup secured a Serie A title and an Intercontinental Cup with Juve, before moving on for a successful time at Barcelona in 1989.

He then made a controversial move to Real Madrid in 1994 where he won LaLiga in his very first season.

ALVARO MORATA (Juventus 2014-16, Real Madrid 2016-17)

The Spaniard came through Real Madrid’s youth system but was sold to Juve in 2014 with buy-back clause.

He had a decent run in Italy, but Madrid exercised their buy-back clause and he was back in Spain in 2016, but wasn’t a first team player, and soon moved to Premier League club Chelsea.

GONZALO HIGUAIN (Real Madrid 2007-13, Juventus 2016-present)

The Argentine scored over 100 goals for Real Madrid but was pretty inconsistent in his performances throughout his time at the club.

He moved to Napoli in 2013. His performances there made him the top goalscorer in Serie A in the 2015-16 season, as he notched up 36 goals. The striker then moved to rivals Juventus for a huge transfer sum and still continued to play for them.

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In a repeat of last season’s final, Real Madrid and Juventus meet in the last-eight of the Champions League with the first tie taking place in Turin on Tuesday.

Max Allegri’s side knocked out Premier League outfit Tottenham to secure passage to a mouthwatering clash with Zinedine Zidane’s defending champions after they swept aside Paris Saint-Germain.

Here, we look at some of the key match facts and statistics ahead of the 20th European meeting between these two footballing institutions.


– Juventus progressed from all four two-legged CL knockout ties against Real Madrid (1995/96 quarterfinals, 2002/03 semifinals, 2004/05 Last 16 and 2014/15 semifinals).

– Juventus have eliminated the holders of the CC/CL on six occasions, including when Real Madrid were the cup holders in 2002/03 and in 2014/15.

– Juventus started this season’s CL campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Barcelona. No club that started their CL campaign with a defeat has ever won the competition. Two sides that kicked off with a loss reached the final: AC Milan in 1994/95 and Bayern München in 1998/99.

– Juventus have received a record 23 red cards in the CL. The Juve v Real fixture is the fixture with most red cards, 6 (Juve 4, Real 2). In last season’s final, Juve’s Juan Cuadrado became the latest player to be sent off in this fixture.

Juan Cuadrado is sent off in the Champions League final

Juan Cuadrado is sent off in the Champions League final

– Only Alessandro Del Piero (9) and Filippo Inzaghi (7) have scored more goals for Juve in the CL knockout phase than Gonzalo Higuain (5) and Paulo Dybala (5) (David Trezeguet and Alvaro Morata also on 5).


– Cristiano Ronaldo can become the first player to score in 10 successive CL appearances. Ruud van Nistelrooy scored in nine appearances in 2002-2003.

– Cristiano Ronaldo can win a CL match for the 95th time, equalling the record set by Iker Casillas (95).

– Ronaldo has scored in each of his previous five CL matches against Juventus (total 7 goals).

– At seven goals against Gianluigi Buffon, Ronaldo is top scorer against Buffon in the CL, four more than the next players (Didier Drogba, Thomas Muller, Diego Tristan).

– Real Madrid are hoping to become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1974, 1975, 1976 to win the Champions Cup/Champions League three times in a row.

– Real have scored in their last 23 CL matches, since the 0-0 draw at Man City on 26 April 2016. Only Real themselves (34 matches in 2011-2014) and Barcelona (29 matches, 2009-2012) have netted in more consecutive CL fixtures.

– Real Madrid (199) need one more goal to become the first side to score 200 CL goals in away matches.

– Karim Benzema has scored just one goal in his last 16 CL knockout stage matches (at home v Napoli last season), failing to find the net in each of his last eight KO appearances.

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Zidane pictured on the touchline during the win at Las Palmas.

Zinedine Zidane said last week he wants to stay at Real Madrid but how welcome his wishes are will depend on the team’s Champions League tie against Juventus.

Real face Zidane’s former club in the first leg of the quarter-final on Tuesday, knowing their season, and perhaps the Frenchman’s future as coach, hinges on reaching the last four.

It was the same in the previous round against Paris Saint-Germain. Real’s limp La Liga title defence, combined with their early exit from the Copa del Rey, means they now have only one shot at winning a major trophy this term.

The mood in Madrid, however, is upbeat. Real have won 10 out of their last 11 matches, a run that has seen them brush aside PSG and move to within four points of second-placed Atletico Madrid in the league. They have scored 36 goals in that period, at an average of just over three a game.

“The match comes at a good time for us,” Real forward Lucas Vazquez said. “We have been doing things well for the last few months, playing better, more goals, it’s a good moment and now we have to try to take advantage of it in this tie.”

Zidane therefore declared his intentions on Friday from a position of strength but lose to Juventus and his pledge might look more like a plea.

Despite winning back-to-back Champions Leagues and the La Liga title last year, he is still not immune to the weight of Real’s expectation.

Zidane will be returning to Turin for the first time as a manager, his last outing as a player there coming in March 2005 when Real were beaten 2-0 by the Old Lady in the Champions League last 16.

David Trezeguet’s goal and an extra-time winner from Marcelo Zalayeta sealed victory for Juve, then managed by Fabio Capello, against a Real side that included David Beckham, Ronaldo and Thomas Gravesen.

Thirteen years on, Gianluigi Buffon is the only player likely to make a repeat appearance this week but the two current teams need no introduction, their latest meeting coming in the competition’s final last year.

That 4-1 victory remains the high-point of Zidane’s Real tenure, not only because it earned him an unprecedented second consecutive Champions League crown but because of the sheer ruthlessness of the performance.

If Zidane uses the win in Cardiff as a reference point, it may be to the advantage of Isco, who was excellent there, having been picked ahead of Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio.

The same trio are now competing for the same spot on Tuesday, with an added competitor in Vazquez.

Isco trained on Sunday after missing Saturday’s win over Las Palmas with a back problem and he may still be flying high from his hat-trick for Spain against Argentina last week.

Bale, meanwhile, played 90 minutes against Las Palmas, perhaps an ominous indicator for his prospects against Juve, but he could hardly have done more to state his case, after scoring twice in the 3-0 win.

“It’s another game, another competition, we know we have to go to Juve with ambition and we have to go there to score,” Zidane said.

For Juventus, who edged past Tottenham in the round of 16, it is an opportunity to avenge last year’s loss and sustain hopes of an historic treble.

They have won both Serie A and the Coppa Italia for the past three consecutive seasons, but each time fell short of adding the Champions League, twice losing in the final.

“We have the ambition to beat one of the best teams in the world, Real Madrid,” coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “It will be a great game, but our priority remains Serie A. We will fight against Real Madrid with realism and ambition.”

Juan Cuadrado and Giorgio Chiellini both returned from injury against AC Milan on Saturday while Allegri also hopes to have Federico Bernardeschi and Alex Sandro available again.

Real defender Nacho is a doubt after he pulled his hamstring against Las Palmas but Sergio Ramos trained on Sunday after overcoming a knock.

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