R. Madrid Thumps Juventus 4-1 to Retain UCL Crown


Back on the Cardiff turf where he won the first major silverware of his astonishing career, Cristiano Ronaldo cemented his legacy as one of the game's all-time greats with a decisive brace in Real Madrid's 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.

Ronaldo, 32, has now scored 600 career goals for club and country, including 105 in the Champions League, and has finished as the top scorer in the competition for the last 5 seasons.

Madrid held on to secure a return to the final and keep alive its hopes of becoming the first team to retain the Champions League title since the competition's new format was created in 1992.

In the past 12 months Ronaldo has won two Champions League titles, the European Championship with Portugal, claimed a Spanish league title and the World Club Cup and on an individual level been awarded the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's "Best" award.

Yet at Cardiff's Principality Stadium yesterday, he joined the managerial immortals as Madrid's 4-1 rout of Juventus made him the first coach to win successive European Cups since the great Arrigo Sacchi of AC Milan in 1989 and 1990. Click any of these buttons below!

The Italian champions' defensive wall had been nearly impregnable all season in Europe but was reduced to rubble as Real roared to victory with three goals after the break. Not for once in that second-half did they ever feel in danger of losing that game.

Gonzalo Higuain worked Keylor Navas twice, while Miralem Pjanic's snappy half-volley forced the Madrid goalkeeper into a smart one-handed save.

However, Zidane turned the tide in the space of a few words when he faced his uncertain players in the dressing room.

Madrid's other sports daily Marca declared Real "masters of the universe".

Casemiro's deflected long-range strike put the La Liga champions ahead once again, while Ronald and substitute Marco Asensio made sure of the victory.

Speaking after the game, Ronaldo said, "It has been an incredible end to the season by us".

"Let me congratulate my boys for what they've done this season", said Allegri, whose side were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in the 2015 final in Berlin.

He plays front-foot attacking football and has shown his clever side by rotating his squad so they reached the end of the season in peak form. "Buffon will still be Juventus's goalkeeper next season and Andrea Barzagli will still be with us". A hat-trick in the quarter-final second leg against Bayern saw off the Germans, while another treble against neighbours Atlético assured Real of their place in Saturday's showpiece.

"It was important to him to get fit in time for the final and travel with us".