Cristiano Ronaldo bags brace as Real Madrid clinch Champions League

Real Madrid and Juventus fans suffer highs and lows of Champions League final

Nine of the 14 Real Madrid players who decimated Juventus were there when Zidane was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, who led Madrid to the 2014 d├ęcima - their 10th European Cup.

"We're going to speak with Zidane, who's the conductor of this orchestra".

It was a thrilling first half with the Italians making a strong start.

"We thought we had enough to win the game".

"In the 1st half we played beautifully; in the 2nd, Real Madrid pressed the accelerator and we weren't able to respond", Allegri said during his post-match press conference. "They showed their class and the attitude needed to play in this kind of game".

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid retained the Champions League in scintillating style by overwhelming Juventus in Cardiff.

Keeping up the historic theme, Marca columnist Jose Felix Diaz wrote that Madrid had won finals in many different ways throughout their history, but the second-half performance at the Principality Stadium was the best since the days of Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas in the 1950s.

"We managed to defend for 15 minutes".

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"I can't say whether I'll stay for the rest of my life but I'm so grateful for the club for everything it has given me", he said. The goalkeeper blocked a header and strike from Gonzalo Higuain, and produced a one-handed save when Miralem Pjanic picked a gap through a crowd of defenders.

"If our current team is complemented with new players, we'll be really competitive in the Champions League next year".

Smoke from the pyrotechnics hung high when play finally got under way, with Juventus flying out of the blocks and moving the ball around with confidence and authority. Madrid should start 2017/18 as favourites to retain their Liga title in a Spain where Atletico are hamstrung by a Federation Internationale de Football Association transfer ban, and Barcelona are bedding in a new manager, Ernesto Valverde, amid a renewed bout of soul-searching about style, identity and the fact that Real Madrid are striding ahead of them. If somebody wins the Ballon d'Or and scores so many goals, obviously it's a big advantage.

"I think people don't have words to criticize, because the numbers don't lie", he told reporters after receiving the man-of-the-match award from his former Manchester United mentor Alex Ferguson. I have the opportunity to say that every year.

"It's been an extraordinary season".

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was understandably distraught at the final whistle as, at the age of 39, this could well be his last chance to win the only major trophy to elude him. I have to thank them.

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