Real Triumph Again as Ronaldo Double Sinks Juventus
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 14:59
Juve put on an impressive showing in the first 45 minutes but they were blown away when Real upped the tempo after the break and skipper Sergio Ramos lifted what was their third Champions League trophy of the past four years.
Madrid's supremacy was clear in the second half.
Ronaldo's first strike at Millennium Stadium was canceled out by Mario Mandzukic's exquisite 27th-minute hook shot.
When Real Madrid won the Champions League 2015-16 just 4 months after Zidane's appointment, people touted it as sheer luck and the bundle of talent that his team possessed.
Ronaldo scored two of the goals, making him the leading scorer in the competition for the fifth straight season with 12 - one more than Lionel Messi.
"The double is another record for all these players, who deserve it".
"We've made more history", Bale said. "Nobody has done it, and now we have". That enabled Zidane to provide rest from time-to-time to all players, which kept them fresh and fit at all times. But saying this, you know how it is. Next year it's going to be even more hard. We will have to work a lot to try and win again.
"What's important is that he was with us", he said, adding: "It was very important for him to reach this final. It was not easy".
"It's been a hard season, but I've worked hard and didn't think I would make the final but I worked tirelessly at home and this is the reward".
Asked about his critics and a season in which he has occasionally been whistled by Madrid fans, Ronaldo said: "It's not a moment to speak about the fans, I spoke about this already". "I can not confirm I will be here my whole life, as that does not happen". We won the league on the very last day.
"The most important (thing) is that I again had an unbelievable season, me and my team-mates have done the double".
It also happened to be Ronaldo's 600th career goal for club and country.
This time, Zidane was a spectator on the Madrid sideline. They're talking Tiger, their best coaches and how top players blagged their way through the dressing room, before Stephen tries his hand at our Chipping Challenge. "In the end the key has been that each of them brought their own grain of salt". Both teams then seemed to need a breather as we got to half-time after a frenetic but high quality first 45. I have the opportunity to say that every year.
"In the second half Real Madrid pushed the accelerator", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said, "and we remained too static and sat back too long".
There was speculation leading up to the match that Bale wouldn't start the game and that turned out to be the case.
Bale said he wasn't upset about not being in the starting lineup at kick off. "Then I have to choose the team".
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.