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Real Madrid can do more than win their 12th European Cup this weekend.

Real Madrid CF v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Inter Milan’s rivalry with Juventus is one of the fiercest in Italy, if not the world. While Juve certainly have the upper hand when considering recent success, that hasn’t always been the case.

Entering the weekend, Inter’s main bragging rights over their hated rivals from Turin are as follows:

  1. Inter have never replaced an iconic, beloved crest with an alphabet letter.
  2. Inter have never been relegated from Serie A.
  3. Inter are the only team in Italian history to win the treble.

Bragging point number three is obviously the most important. As talented and dominating as Juventus have been, they’ve never managed to put together a season that could quite match Inter’s magical run in 2009/10.

Unfortunately, that can all change in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League Final. Standing in-between Juve and history are the 11-time European Champion, Spanish giants, Real Madrid.

As a football fan, I can certainly appreciate the sheer amount of talent Real Madrid have, and can begrudgingly respect their success. That doesn’t mean I have to like them, though.

While fantastic, Cristiano Ronaldo is a self-obsessed machine, and manager Zinedine Zidane has an unfortunate history of head-butting Baraka’s favorite player. Madrid fans can often be insufferable, and are usually never shy to remind you just how successful their club have been.

But this weekend, none of that matters. I (like most of you) will be rooting hard for Los Blancos — I’ve even agreed to do so from a Madrid bar in D.C.

As annoying as yet another feather in the Real Madrid cap would be, the alternative would be so much worse... Juventus cannot win the treble.

So it’s up to you, CR7, and even you, Zidane. Please beat Juve, and please preserve Inter’s bragging rights.

Hala Madrid.


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