Gianluigi Buffon can not explain Juve's second half Champions League final slump

Messi also feels that Real have been superb throughout the campaign and manager Zidane has overcome obstacles aplenty on his way to winning the trophy for the second time in as many years.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued to sweep all before him on Saturday night, scoring twice as Real Madrid won the Champions League with a 4-1 victory over Juventus.

Ronaldo's second goal was also Real's 500 goal in the Champions League competition.

In 12 European games this season, Juventus has only conceded three goals and is looking to become the first undefeated champion since Manchester United in 2008.

There can be few routes as hard as facing Napoli, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and this Juventus but the escalation in challenges only seemed to bring escalations in Real's level of performance, as they grew as a team.

A long-range deflected effort by Casemiro and a neat finish by the irrepressible Ronaldo within four minutes effectively settled one of the most entertaining finals for years, with a late tap-in by substitute Marco Asensio adding the gloss. AC Milan were the last team to retain Europe's top prize when they triumphed in 1989 and 1990. We ended it very well and I'm happy. As a team we played very good in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and today but at the end you need a guy to score to win this title and he did.

Asked about his future by reporters after the game, Isco said: "I hope to sign the contract soon and there is no better place to play football than Madrid". "It's one more record, these players deserved it and I did as well because I scored two goals and I'm the top scorer in the Champions League". "He knows that we are a very good team and that is why we proved it in the second half".

Billed pre-match as the Portuguese taking on Gianluigi Buffon and his steely enforcers - that other great "BBC" of these times: Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini - Ronaldo laid waste to Juventus' previously unbreachable back line. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas didn't stand a chance.

Juve centre back Leonardo Bonucci drove a long diagonal ball which Alex Sandro reached and cushioned back across the box. It justifies why I came here, it's great to be part of that and I want it to continue.

"The objective is to win next season's Champions League, it is not easy, but nothing is impossible", Ronaldo said.

  • Zachary Reyes