Mario Mandzukic's Scores Crazy Goal in Champions League Final

Real Madrid is trying to become the first team to win back-to-back European Cup titles since the competition's new format was created in 1992.

It was a chastening end to a night the Bianconeri had started superbly.

However it was Cristiano Ronaldo who opened the scoring.

Cristiano Ronaldo marked an incredible personal record with his second goal of Saturday's Champions League final.

It is a tapestry that includes memorable goals from the likes of Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Brazil icon Ronaldo.

The Frenchman is normally a cool customer but he was crazed, bald-headed ball of energy in the first half as Juventus ran his side all over the field.

Of course, Madrid take their lack of sentiment too far and there was time for Sergio Ramos to do what Sergio Ramos does as Juan Cuadrado was sent off for Juventus. "Real have more experience, but if Juve are prepared to play their game then they can win".

Juventus replied quickly though, with arguably the goal of the tournament through Mandzukic.

Leonardo Bonucci - the best defender in the world this season - stared at a ball that was, from his perspective, on the wrong side of the goal line.

Few footballers have made the pursuit of personal goals so advantageous to their team, few men have done so much for their team by being so focused on individual targets. He tried, with an ambitious overhead kick that didn't each reach the goal before being blocked.

In the second half though it all went the way of Real.

Gianluigi Buffon nearly had an expression of resignation as he walked around the pitch after the match. And to compile their misery, Asensio beat Buffon again as the 39-year-old goalkeeper missed out on a first European title.

"In training one day, I saw something in Dybala that I had seen before in Messi", Juventus right back Dani Alves, a former Barcelona player, wrote in a column Friday on The Players' Tribune website. But what is sure, is that we are living in the era of Real Madrid.

The return leg may have ended in a 4-3 defeat for Madrid, but Ronaldo's sensational hat-trick secured passage to the final four and remains the enduring image.

  • Julie Sanders