Juventus 1 - 4 Real Madrid: Ronaldo double sinks Italians

And having lifted the European Cup once with Manchester United, Ronaldo has done it three times in four seasons with Madrid.

Gareth Bale saluted Real Madrid's historic Champions League final victory over Juventus as the Spanish giants became the first side to retain the trophy for 27 years.

"I didn't expect that it was possible to defend this title, it is so hard to win it once".

Juventus fans leave San Carlo's square at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid, in Turin, Italy, Saturday, June 3, 2017.

"What an incredible scene, the stadium is incredible and the city did an immaculate job in hosting such a great event", the Welshman, who picked up his third Champions League winners' medal, said as the celebrations began.

Just 7 minutes later, the Italian champion came back to equalize with a brilliant bicycle kick by Croatian representative Mario Mandžukić - scoring one of the best goals in the history of the Champions League final.

And in the process he notched his 600th career goal as well as becoming the first player ever to score in three Champions League Finals.

"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.

The goals knocked the stuffing out of Juventus, who ended with 10 men after Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 84th minute - 18 minutes after coming on as a substitute - following a second booking for the mildest of pushes on Sergio Ramos.

Three minutes later, Ronaldo notched his second goal. But I am very happy and thankful to this club to have the chance to coach these tremendous players.

Bale struggled all season after enduring a series of injuries. His 20th-minute opener oozed class, then he ghosted unmarked into Juventus' six-yard box midway through the second half for his team's third goal to confirm yet another European crown. Superb play saw the ball moved from left to right where Dani Carvajal collected a pass from Ronaldo.

'Zidane gave us a very positive halftime team talk and told us he really believed in us.

Zinedine Zidane and his squad have won two titles this year, namely the Champions League trophy as well as La Liga's title.

About five people were seriously hurt, including a 7-year-old boy who was trampled, Sky TG24 reported. "I can not explain why we played like we did in the second half", said Juve captain Gianluigi Buffon, now a three-time beaten finalist.

  • Zachary Reyes