Real Madrid became the first team to successfully retain the Champions League
title as Los Blancos overwhelmed Juventus in the final at Cardiff by 4-1.
It also meant that this season, under the leadership of Zinedine Zidane,
Real Madrid has back-to-back Champions Leagues the first European club to do so
while also bringing the La Liga title,
the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup to the trophy cupboards of the Bernabeu.
It was also Real’s record 12th European top-tier victory
and third in four seasons, thanks to an almost routine performance by their star man Cristiano Ronaldo,
who also became the first player ever to score in three separate Champions League finals.
While Juventus started brilliantly with clever runs and threatening plays,
Ronaldo scored despite their run of play be sweeping in Dani Carvajal’s pass after 20 minutes,
although Mario Mandzukic levelled with one of the most brilliant of Champions League final goals with an overhead kick beyond Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
- Real Madrid becomes the first team in Champions League to score more than 500 goals and win their last six European cup finals
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s second goal is his 600th in all competitions for club and country
- Zinedine Zidane is the first manager to win back-to-back European Cup/Champions League trophies since Arrigo Sacchi with AC Milan (1989, 1990)
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