Real Madrid celebrates 12th European Cup with fans in Spain


Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos celebrates with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final.

Two-goal Ronaldo thanked Zidane for a halftime team talk that fired the Spanish club to a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Record-breaker Ronaldo became the first player to net in three finals, bagged his 600th career goal and Real's 500th in the Champions League.

Few of those will have matched Mario Mandzukic's spectacular overhead equaliser for Juventus, which was eventually in vain for the Italian side who had the best of the first half before being swept aside in the second.

Until now, no team since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the cup was only a knockout competition, had won back-to-back titles. "As a team we played very well in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and today, but you need a guy to score the goals and he did it again", said the Germany global.

"It was a very even game". I can not explain why we played like we did in the second half.

Ever since they ruled Europe in the formative years of the European Cup with five triumphs in its first five seasons, culminating in that epic 7-3 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Glasgow, Madrid have been the benchmark of football excellence, always playing the game the way it should be played.

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But the granite-like trio of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci cracked after Juventus had been the better side in a first half that ended 1-1.

But within seven minutes, Ronaldo was shaking his head with a scowl after seeing an equalizer of individual brilliance. Bonucci's flighted pass from deep was volleyed into the box by Alex Sandro and Higuain chested the ball down before teeing it up for Mandzukic. Despite having his back to goal and seeing defenders closing him down, he somehow sent a remarkable, acrobatic right-footed strike looping over Real keeper Keylor Navas, and Juventus were level.

Colombian star James Rodriguez's future at Real Madrid has been in question for most of this season after he failed to become a regular under Zinedine Zidane. A 20-yard effort from Isco was comfortably saved by Gianluigi Buffon, while Ronaldo just could not reach Marcelo's deliciously curling cross.

"I've worked double sessions for three, four weeks to get myself ready for this, to get myself fit, recover from the surgery -which still has a little more healing to do - but I will be able to rest in the summer, do some more rehab and then come next season stronger". The numbers don't lie.

"I'm very happy. It was an wonderful season again". I have the chance to say this every year.

After a positive start it turned into a hugely frustrating night for Juventus and their coach Max Allegri. "We had to try to score a goal, get ahead, and then defend in the second part of the game".