Ronaldo & Dybala IN, Bale & Higuain OUT - Champions League final combined XI

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The two heavyweights of European football do battle in Cardiff on Saturday, but which of their players have been the most impressive this season?

As the footballing world prepares to take in the Champions League final on Saturday, here at Goal we have been pondering who would make the best combined XI of the two squads.

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Real Madrid and Juventus have been the two outstanding sides across the continent this season, with a whole host of players enjoying campaigns to remember.

But if you were picking a team made up of the star names from both squads, who would you pick? And do you agree with our selections?

Gianluigi Buffon Juventus

GIANLUIGI BUFFON (Juventus): Despite closing in on his 40th birthday, the veteran shot-stopper remains one of, if not the finest goalkeeper in the world. Victory in Cardiff would be the final cap on a superb career while it is not beyond the realms of possibility that he could end the year with the Ballon d'Or. Comparatively, Keylor Navas has struggled for consistency at Madrid and could yet be replaced by David de Gea this summer if reports are to be believed.

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SERGIO RAMOS (Real Madrid): The man for big occasion has been at it yet again this season, scoring a last-minute equaliser at Camp Nou in the Clasico as well as netting crucial goals in the round of 16 against Napoli when the tie was in the balance. Factor in his defensive abilities, and he narrowly pips the evergreen Andrea Barzagli to a place in the backline.

LEONARDO BONUCCI (Juventus): Arguably the best centre-back playing the game at present, with his ability on the ball matching the more traditional defensive aspects to his game. Having grown into a true leader under Massimiliano Allegri, there is a real chance Saturday's match could be his last for the Bianconeri should Manchester City make their move in the coming weeks. Few would begrudge him leaving, however, if he can complete his own collection of trophies with the biggest of them all.

GIORGIO CHIELLINI (Juventus): Despite seemingly having been around forever, Chiellini is still only 32 and continues to churn out consistently quality performances at the very highest level. His willingness to cover Alex Sandro on the left side of the field has allowed the full-back to flourish, and  -with both Pepe and Raphael Varane struggling with fitness issues over the course of the campaign - is the obvious choice to complete the back three.

DANI ALVES (Juventus): Having arrived from Barcelona last summer, much was expected from the Brazil international and - despite a slow start to life in Turin - he has rarely disappointed. Superb in both legs of Juventus's semi-final victory over Monaco, he backed that up by scoring in the Coppa Italia final with it seeming as if he is coming into form just at the right time for Allegri.

Toni Kroos Real Madrid

TONI KROOS (Real Madrid): Turning down the overtures of Manchester United to sign for Madrid has proven to be a masterstroke by the Germany international as he continues to thrive at Santiago Bernabeu. Able to make even the most difficult passes look straightforward, there are very few clubs who would turn down the opportunity to have him in their midfield were it on offer.

LUKA MODRIC (Real Madrid): Despite Miralem Pjanic starting to fulfill his potential in the second half of his debut season in Turin, he remains some way behind Modric in terms of his overall performance. Able to play as either a deep-lying playmaker or even a No.10 behind the striker, the former Tottenham man remains the unsung hero behind Madrid's success in recent years.

MARCELO (Real Madrid): The 29-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding few seasons on the left-hand side of the Madrid defence, with his boundless energy meaning he can be just as effective in the final third as he is when defending his own goal. His opposite number at Juve, Alex Sandro, may have had the best season of his career to date, but he remains slightly behind his compatriot in terms of his all-round game.

ISCO (Real Madrid): With Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez as competition, few would have blamed Isco for fading into the background and pushing for a move to a team where his talents can be fully appreciated this season. Instead, he has stepped out of his team-mates's shadow to arguably be Madrid's Player of the Season across all competitions. No midfielder has created more goals in La Liga since the turn of the year, and he could even start the final ahead of Bale following the Welshman's return to fitness.

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

CRISTIANO RONALDO (Real Madrid): Injuries and Zidane's decision to regularly allow him to rest for Liga matches means Ronaldo's domestic season has not matched those of previous years, but in the Champions League latter stages he has easily been the player of the tournament. He netted five times across two legs against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals before scoring a further hat-trick against semi-final opponents Atletico Madrid. A winners medal would be just reward for his contribution to 2016-17.

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PAULO DYBALA (Juventus): Despite Gonzalo Higuain looking set to finish the season with more goals than his Argentina team-mate, Dybala's all-round game is what sets him apart. Two goals against Barcelona in the quarter-finals saw him belatedly recognised by the wider footballing public, and he beats out both Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata for a place in our XI.

UCL Combined XI

Have we got it right? Is there someone missing from our XI that deserves a place? Have you say in the comments below!

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