Cristiano Ronaldo brace guides Real Madrid to Champions League victory


Cristiano Ronaldo's brace helped Real Madrid retain the Champions League in surprisingly comprehensive fashion, wrapping up a historic 12th continental crown by overcoming Juventus in a memorable Cardiff showdown.

Particularly after the world player of the year ensured Madrid pulled off one of soccer's hardest feats, becoming the first team to successfully defend their Champions League title.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show once again as he lifted his fourth Champions League trophy of his career.

Thousands of fans had gathered to watch the Champions League final on a giant screen in San Carlo Square.

Madrid's win set up a glamour showdown in the Super Cup with Europa League winners Manchester United, to be played in Skopje in August.

However, the veteran was left heartbroken as the Portuguese grabbed his second in between Casemiro and Marco Asensio goals as Zinedine Zidane's side wrapped up a 4-1 win. Click any of these buttons below!

It was all about Real Madrid in the second half.

"Throughout our history, Madrid are the team that has won the most".

A 4-1 defeat by Real Madrid was tough to take for the 39-year-old who may never get another chance to win European club football's top prize. "I am happy, these are good moments".

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"Masters of the universe", ran the headline on the front page of Spanish sports newspaper Marca, which added: "Real Madrid thrash Juve to win the 12th!"

"This season has been fantastic again - we've won the league and the Champions League".

Madrid, more impressive than they had been in beating Atletico Madrid in the 2014 and 2016 finals, were playing their 60th match of the season in Cardiff.

"I'll go as far as I'm allowed to go", Ronaldo said after the game and nobody would ever question how far that is.

"My age is just a number", Ronaldo said. "I feel like a young boy".

Ronaldo's effort was eclipsed seven minutes later by one of the all-time great final goals.

It has been an incredible and seamless transition from player to coach for Zidane, who also guided Madrid to their first LaLiga crown since 2012 this season after replacing Rafael Benitez at the helm in January past year. "We can't live off the past, but that badge imposes upon you and we know our obligations", veteran player Sergio Ramos said.

The 39-year-old accepts it will be hard for Juve to match this season's triumphs in Serie A and the Coppa Italia as well as reach another Champions League final, but he is determined to give it a go.