Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid win Champions League title

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday June 3, 2017.

But Real took control of the game after the interval, with Brazilian midfielder Casemiro's deflected shot restoring the lead.

Three minutes later and it was a third for Madrid when Ronaldo arrived at the near post to meet Modric's delivery and slot the ball first time past Buffon for his second of the night and his 600th goal in all competitions for club and country.

Juve's misery was compounded by the petty sending off of winger Juan Cuadrado, who was only on the pitch for 19 minutes, and the scoring of a fourth goal by substitute Asensio on 90 minutes.

He was brought on as a second half substitute, but was shown two yellow cards in quick succession - the last being a contentious booking on defender Sergio Ramos.

Juventus and Real Madrid are set to square off in Cardiff for the most coveted prize in European club football today, the UEFA Champions League title.

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For all the talk of tactics, the threat posed by the Italian champions, the focus on Ronaldo's Welsh team mate Gareth Bale, the romantic notion of Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finally winning a Champions League medal and everything else that had occupied minds and column inches, Ronaldo triumphed once more.

Juve have now lost five successive European Cup finals and a record seven in total.

After such a terrific first half, the second half was much slower. "This is one of the best moments of my career - I have the chance to say this every year!"

Momentum clearly on their side, Ronaldo added to Real Madrid's advantage minutes later and put the game all but beyond Juventus.

"What is important is that I did again, an fantastic season, me and my team-mates won the double", said Ronaldo, who has now scored 108 goals in the Champions League. Perhaps we ran a bit too hard and didn't make the most of that advantage on the field. Barely had the celebrations died down from Ronaldo's opener, than Croatian striker Mandzukic equalised in spectacular fashion with one of the great Champions League goals.

"Again, I've had an wonderful season". We played very well in the first half, we thought we had enough to win the game.

"I don't think Juventus has reached the end of a cycle", Allegri said.

  • Zachary Reyes