We were powerless to resist Real firepower, says Allegri

"If he (Zidane) can see something that we can do on the pitch, he tells us, and we are trying to do it in our best way", Modric said. We're going to have to work very hard to win once again.

Even media in Barcelona found it within themselves to praise Madrid, with Diario Sport calling them "Just champions" on their cover, while Mundo Deportivo acknowledged Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane's part in the triumph, labelling the Frenchman "historic".

Zidane had said in recent weeks that he was not sure he would continue next season, but he was happy to say he plans on continuing on the job and would soon start planning for next the upcoming campaign. It's another record for us and the players deserve it and so do I because I scored twice and I'm the top scorer in the Champions League.

"This year was wonderful again, last year was unbelievable too".

"The squad has been great and it's been good for me individually too".

The former France playmaker's contract expires in a year, but he said he was not thinking about leaving. "I can not confirm I will be here my whole life, as that does not happen. That's impossible to say", he said. I can not explain why we played like we did in the second half. "I think I'll be here next year!"

Ronaldo's first strike at Millennium Stadium was canceled out by Mario Mandzukic's exquisite 27th-minute hook shot.

Leonardo Bonucci's deep ball was brought down by Alex Sandro, who cut it back to Higuain in the penalty area.

But goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo's second and substitute Marco Asensio rewarded an outstanding second-half effort from Real.

The Turin giants, Serie A and Coppa Italia winners this season, fielded a starting XI with an average age of 30 years and 336 days, but coach Massimiliano Allegri dismissed talk of decay. The same applies to Andrea Barzagli, who will still be with us for at last another year.

One of the first things Navas' counterpart, Gianluigi Buffon, had to do was pick the ball out of his net.

Isco, who kept Cardiff-born Gareth Bale out of the starting line-up, described it as Real's best performance of the season as they outclassed Italian champions Juventus in the second half.

The reason for the panic was that a banister of a stairway to an underground parking lot collapsed - some thought they heard explosions - which led to people getting injured when they tried to flee the area, the reports said.

  • Zachary Reyes