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Although it was Real who opened the scoring through the clinical Ronaldo, the first half belonged to Juventus and, specifically, Mario Mandzukic, whose stunning overhead strike leveled the match for the Italians.

Juventus conceded more in Cardiff than the rest of their continental run combined, seeing them slump to a fifth straight final defeat as Madrid became the first side in the Champions League era to retain the trophy.

Cristiano Ronaldo added yet more weight to an already glittering CV as he and Real Madrid made Champions League history on Saturday night, before quickly turning his attention to his detractors.

Ronaldo's first goal made the Portuguese star the first player to score in three finals but it was cancelled out by what some are describing as one of the great European Cup final goals.

'It has been an incredible end to the season by us.

Football legends like Luis Figo, Clarence Seedorf, Ryan Giggs, Luis Garcia and Marcel Desailly, who are mostly Champions League winners themselves, had said this season's edition seemed to be one of the most intriguing in years.

Former Liverpool midfielder Garcia had told reporters in Cardiff that though both Real and Juventus were the most consistent teams in the tournament, he wished to see Buffon lift the trophy.

Thousands of people had gathered in Piazza San Carlo to watch the match pitting Juventus against Real Madrid on giant TV screens.

Until now, no team since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the cup was only a knockout competition, had won back-to-back titles.

"I am very happy - an awesome season again".

"It's another record and these players deserved it, me too because I scored two goals and finished as the top scorer in the Champions League".

"In the first half we played beautifully, in the second, Real Madrid pressed the accelerator and we weren't able to respond", Allegri aid.

"We had a great first half in which we had Real in trouble". As a team we played very good in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and today but at the end you need a guy to score to win this title and he did. "My only criticism of my team is that after the second goal we should have found a solution to stay in the game", he said.

Madrid drew first blood in the 20th minute when Ronaldo flicked the ball wide to Dani Carvajal before artfully sweeping the Spaniard's return pass into the bottom-left corner via a nick off Leonardo Bonucci.

"I played here for a long time and I feel part of the furniture".

  • Julie Sanders