The two managers face-off tonight in the Champions League final.
Real, 12-times European champions, are aiming to become the first team to win three successive finals in the Champions League era, while Liverpool are looking for their sixth European title and first since 2005.
Previous form suggests they have a propensity to sign the World Cup's most outstanding performers and there's every chance Alisson is just that this summer.
Below is a look at what we learned from an encapsulating game as the curtain came down on the European season in style.
"It was very nice to be at Real Madrid", he said on BeIn Sports.
Seven goals in his last nine games of the season has given Zinedine Zidane a huge selection headache in the build-up to the final.
He also showed nerves of steel to strike the decisive injury-time penalty in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu to pull Madrid through to the semis 4-3 on aggregate.More news: Subtropical Storm Alberto forms over the northwestern Caribbean Sea
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"So really it's a 50-50 game".
Salah (Liverpool's leading goalscorer this season with 44 goals in all competitions) tangled with Sergio Ramos and Real Madrid's captain locked his right arm in to the Egyptian forward who slammed into the pitch.
Mane levelled the score four minutes later, when he poked home from a corner. Ronaldo powered a header straight at Karius who palmed the ball out to Benzema who tapped the ball into the net but turned to see the linesman with his flag up.
Welshman Bale came on just past the hour with the score at 1-1 and after three minutes produced an astonishing bicycle kick finish and then netted with a speculative long-range effort that somehow went through the hands of the unfortunate Karius.
Real Madrid will enter this weekend's final off the back of a 2-2 draw with Villarreal in La Liga.
Bale has been put up for sale by Real president Florentino Perez, who has fielded concrete approaches from Chelsea and Liverpool. A Marcelo cross was met by Bale with his back to goal who leapt through the air and sent a overhead strike past the helpless Karius in the goal.