Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is aiming to lift the Champions League for the sixth time on Saturday night.
Victory over Liverpool would give the Italian an unprecedented fourth Champions League success as a coach after victories with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007 and Real Madrid in 2014, during his first spell in the Spanish capital .
The Italian also won the competition twice as a player with AC Milan in 1989 and 1990.
A 14th European crown after La Liga success this season would cement his legendary status at Real Madrid.
But once upon a time there was Ancelotti, a European Cup rival who broke the hearts of the Real faithful.
When he was a player in 1989, Ancelotti’s AC Milan faced Real Madrid in the semi-finals with Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest awaiting the winners in the final.
After a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, Milan ruthlessly eliminated Real at the San Siro, winning 5-0.
An AC Milan side brimming with talent included Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten, but it was Ancelotti, then 29, who stole the show with a superb strike to open the scoring on the night.
Ancelotti received the ball 25 yards from goal and fired in an unstoppable effort past Madrid keeper Francisco Buyo.
It put Milan on their way as Gullit, Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Roberto Donadoni added goals to complete the rout with strength.
Milan then finished the job in the final, sweeping Steaua 4-0 to claim their third European Cup before repeating the feat a year later, beating Benfica 1-0 in the final.
Ancelotti continues his love affair with the competition this weekend as he aims to lift the Spanish champions to their 14th European Cup.
Real Madrid have become accustomed to winning sensational last-minute comebacks this term, with Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City all falling victim to their late heroics.
Liverpool will be aiming to prevent them from imposing further dominance on Europe’s biggest club competition as the Reds seek revenge for their 3-1 loss to Real in the 2018 final.
Jurgen Klopp’s side got their hands on the trophy a year later by beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final and seeking their seventh European Cup in Paris on Saturday.