Ronaldo beats Messi to become leading Champions trophy goal scorer

"After this season I can say the I feel like a young player because I'm in my best moment, both physically and mentally".

"I think people don't have words to criticize, because the numbers don't lie", he told reporters after receiving the man-of-the-match award from his former Manchester United mentor Alex Ferguson. "He believed in us, and in the second half we showed that we were better".

While the Italians equalized soon after with Mario Mandzuci's stunning overhead kick, it was the Spanish team who kicked on in the second half.

"Masters of the universe", ran the headline on the front page of Spanish sports newspaper Marca, which added: "Real Madrid thrash Juve to win the 12th!"

Real's victory ensured it returned to Spain with the Champions League trophy, thus becoming the first club in the modern era to retain the cup.

He scored six goals in his last nine games and kept on impressive in all the cameos he got for Real Madrid but despite that Gareth Bale, Alvaro Morata and Marco Asensio got the nod ahead of him on the Real Bench. He also became the first player to score in three Champions League finals, and the first to score more than 100 goals all-time in the competition.

He headed in the first in 2016 against Atletico and again came to his side's rescue with a cynical challenge on Antoine Griezmann to halt a late counter-attack when the game was poised 1-1, later converting his penalty in the shootout win. I'd like to get up and dance right here, just like I said the other day in Malaga.

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.

And Croatia playmaker Modric, who brilliantly set up Ronaldo's second goal, was quick to pay tribute to manager Zinedine Zidane. "I have a year left in my contract and I think that I'll be here the next year". As for the rest, what we're going to do now is enjoy what we've achieved and the rest we'll see for next year.

After the great final Real Madrid played against Juventus, there are many topics to cover.

"They still have lots to give this club".

"Three Champions Leagues in four seasons isn't too bad".

  • Julie Sanders