Here, AFP Sports runs the rule over the players aiming to bring the cup back to the Santiago Bernabeu once more.


1. Iker Casillas (ESP)

A hero of Real's last Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park, Casillas, who turned 33 on Tuesday, has overcome the most difficult 18 months of his 15-year career at the Bernabeu to lead his side out in Lisbon.

25. Diego Lopez (ESP)

Whilst Lopez has been the number one choice in goal in La Liga, he has played just 75 minutes of Champions League football this season when Casillas was injured against Galatasaray and will have to watch from the bench unless misfortune strikes Real's captain once more.


2. Raphael Varane (FRA)

Rated as one of the top young defenders in Europe after a string of stunning performances last season, the 21-year-old has endured a frustrating year as a persistent knee injury has limited his first-team opportunities. However, he could start in Lisbon should Pepe fail to recover in time from a calf injury.

3. Pepe (POR)

The Brazilian-born Portuguese international is in a race against time to be fit to play in his adopted homeland due to a calf strain.

4. Sergio Ramos (ESP)

The lynchpin of the Real defence, Ramos has won virtually every honour at club and international level barring the Champions League.

He exorcised the ghosts of his costly penalty miss against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals two years ago with two goals in this year's semi-finals against the same opponents after which he claimed the competition "owes him one."

5. Fabio Coentrao (POR)

Much derided amongst the Madrid fans and press after his 30 million-euro ($41m, �24.4m) move from Benfica in 2011, Coentrao has become an important player in recent months as he shone in both attack and defence in Real's Copa del Rey final win over Barcelona and the thrashing of Bayern in the semi-finals.

12. Marcelo (BRA)

An undisputed starter under boss Carlo Ancelotti until a hamstring injury cost him his place in the team back in March, Marcelo may miss out on a starting place in Lisbon due to Coentrao's fine form.

15. Dani Carvajal (ESP)

Carvajal has become a key part of the Real side in his first season with the first team since the club exercised a buy-back option to bring him back to the Bernabeu after one stellar season with Bayer Leverkusen last year.


6. Sami Khedira (GER)

Khedira has just returned from a seven-month injury lay-off after cruciate knee ligament damage, but despite his lack of match fitness Ancelotti could prefer his experience to the youth of Casemiro and Asier Illaramendi in the absence of the suspended Xabi Alonso.

19. Luka Modric (CRO)

Modric has become a fans' favourite in his second season in the Spanish capital and will be charged with even more responsibility to dominate the midfield in Alonso's absence. Well-known for his excellent passing and ability to shoot from range, but it is his defensive work that has often won the admiration of Ancelotti.

22. Angel di Maria (ARG)

A player transformed by a change of position, Di Maria's energy is crucial to the balance of Madrid's central midfield. The Argentine, who used to play in Lisbon for Benfica, has also remained a goal threat from his deeper role with 14 this season, including one against Atletico in the Copa del Rey back in January.

24. Asier Illarramendi (ESP)

A 37 million-euro ($50.7m, �30m) signing from Real Sociedad last July, Illarramendi is the favourite to replace Alonso but has often looked overawed in the biggest games so far this season.

23. Isco (ESP)

A victim of Ancelotti's switch to a 4-3-3 system, Isco has failed to find his ideal position after a promising start to the campaign, but will be called upon from the bench if Real need some magic to break down Atletico's rigid defence as the game progresses.


7. Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)

Even for a player so accustomed to breaking records, Ronaldo's 16 in 10 games in the Champions League this season has been a new high. Now in his fifth season with Madrid, the Portuguese has the chance to claim his first Champions League title in a white shirt in his homeland.

9. Karim Benzema (FRA)

Given confidence by knowing he is Ancelotti's first-choice striker, Benzema has flourished under the Italian scoring 24 goals and just as importantly providing the perfect foil for the pace of Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

11. Gareth Bale (WAL)

Bale said he left Tottenham Hotspur last summer for games like the Champions League final and has the chance to round off a fine first year in the Spanish capital by adding European football's greatest prize to the Copa del Rey he won with a stunning solo run and finish against Barcelona last month.


Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Ancelotti could become just the second man after Bob Paisley to win the European Cup three times, having done so with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007.

Such is Madrid's obsession with winning a 10th European Cup, the result on Saturday will either see Ancelotti hailed as a hero for finally delivering "La Decima" or possibly fighting for his job having also missed out on La Liga in recent weeks.