Beyond his assist, the 31-year-old’s elegance on the ball, his eye for a pass and capacity for making the right decisions, helped to open up angles for Real Madrid to hit Juventus time after time on the break.
This time a year ago, it would have been pretty easy to predict that Ronaldo would score twice in the 2017 Champions League Final.
“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”. “In the second half we were too static”, beaten manager Massimiliano Allegri told his post-match press conference.
“It is something special we are doing at the moment and we need to keep going because this moment will not last forever”, Modric said.
Cardiff-born Bale was a bit-part player on home turf, restricted to a 13-minute cameo as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.
“The team has worked hard from the first minute…we have done a marvellous double”.
Real Madrid won the European championship and lifted the La Liga for 2016-2017, but Bale believes there are more laurels to come for the Los Blancos. Juve played very well in the first half, creating some opportunities, but in the second half we were very impressive.
Juventus, who are the Serie A champions, have now lost five Champions League finals since they last won the competition in 1996.
Translating for his son, you can just make out Ronaldo telling Sir Alex: ‘He said you went insane when I scored!’ “We can say that it is a historic day for everyone at Real Madrid, for me, for the players, for our families”.
It is the fifth major trophy Zidane has won as coach in just 17 months at the club, following triumphs in LaLiga, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup this season and in Europe previous year.
“What is important is that I did again, an unbelievable season, me and my team-mates won the double”, said Ronaldo.
Ronaldo isn’t immune to criticism and when asked about how certain fans in the Bernabeu have reacted to him this season, he simply said that the “numbers don’t lie”.
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has said that he has achieved “a dream come true” after his side defeated Juventus 4-1 to claim an unprecedented consecutive Champions League title.