I've one more shot at Champions League before retirement, Buffon insists

Zinedine Zidane's charges thrashed Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final on Saturday to become the first team to successfully defend the title.

Buffon has now tasted defeat in three finals with Juve - in 2003, 2015 and 2017 - and he has yet to get his hands on European club football's biggest prize in his storied career. I obviously came back way too early from my surgery and I suffered a bit and obviously we were considering having more at one point.

He finally won the Champions League as a Madrid player in 2002, scoring an fantastic volley in the final against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow, Scotland.

As well as winning back-to-back Champions Leagues, Madrid also beat Barcelona to La Liga two weeks ago to complete a first league and European Cup double for 59 years.

"I only found out I wasn't going to start just before the game, but really I always knew".

Just a day after scoring twice to lead Real Madrid to the Champions League title, Cristiano Ronaldo broke the internet once again on Sunday.

One wonders whether Ronaldo Junior will end up replicating his dad's success in a Real Madrid youth team in the near future. It is reported that two people were seriously injured, including a child.

"I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid", said Bale, who last October committed himself to Real until 2022.

"It was a very special occasion for me personally and it was an incredible feeling to lift that trophy here".

"All we can keep doing is keep working hard and hopefully there will be more to come. I am happy, these are good moments".

Gareth Bale, like Modric a former Tottenham player, had been the focus of the build-up to the game but Modric proved crucial to Madrid's successful defence of the title. He finishes the season for the fifth straight year as the competition's top scorer with 12 goals and the Portuguese moves closer to matching Lionel Messi's record of winning the Ballon d'Or five times.

El Pais said "Real Madrid enter a new golden era", referencing their third Champions League triumph in four seasons.

  • Salvatore Jensen