Majestic Modric the key to Real Madrid's final turnaround

Sporting a newly cropped haircut, Ronaldo was the star of a spectacular lights and firework show as 81,000 fans crammed into Real's Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

"Cristiano MVP of the final and a step away from his 5th Ballon d'Or", said AS.

Ronaldo underscored his status as Europe's most lethal striker with the first and third goals as Real were crowned champions of Europe for a record-extending 12th time. Ronaldo and Marco Asensio then added to the tally as the hearts of the Italians were broken, once again.

Ronaldo's manager, Zinedine Zidane, won the Champions League once as a player with Madrid, and has now repeated that feat twice more in the dugout after his team defeated Juventus 4-1 in the final. 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.

"The team has worked hard from the first minute...we have done a marvellous double".

Only 18 months into his first head coaching job, the France great is lifting his fifth trophy with Real Madrid.

"He (Zidane) is the only one to win two consecutive Champions Leagues", added Perez.

One man that played an integral part in his development in becoming the best in the world, or one of depending on your allegiance, was former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Juventus last won the Champions League in 1995/96, the season he made his debut for Parma at the age of 17, five years before he signed for the Turin giants. "Ed Woodward always likes a flashy signing", Delaney told the Second Captains podcast.

"This is what we are here for. It has been a spectacular year thanks to you", the Real coach said.

"We knew we were playing a really strong team".

The fans who irritated Ronaldo so much ahead of Saturday's final due to their whistling were silenced in emphatic style with two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus that gave Madrid a record-extending 12th European crown.

"To play a final in your home city is incredible but to win it is better still, a great experience", Bale said.

  • Julie Sanders