Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Cristiano Ronaldo - The numbers don't lie

Cristiano Ronaldo capped his greatest year by helping Real Madrid become the first Champions League holder to retain its title, showcasing his enduring lethal scoring qualities in a 4-1 victory over Juventus on Saturday.

For good measure, Ronaldo's double took him above Messi to finish as this season's Champions League top scorer with 12 goals.

Juve's resistance was really broken just three minutes later as Madrid went for the jugular.

Ronaldo scored a brace, before Casemiro and Zinadine Zidane's late substitute Asensio scored in the dying minutes of the game and completely shattered Juventus's hopes of ever winning Champions league trophy, as they had previously lost it in the final to Barcelona.

"The players have entered into the legend of Real Madrid and of football, as has our coach", said club president Florentino Perez, as he reserved special praise for Zinedine Zidane. We've won trophies and of course, it is one of the best moments of my career - I have the opportunity to say this every year but it's true.

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As fans celebrating on the streets of Cardiff proudly sang "Somos los reyes de Europa (We are the kings of Europe)", a traditional team chant, it was only fitting that one of the dignitaries congratulating players in the changing rooms was Spain's former King Juan Carlos.

"It's a big disappointment because we thought we did everything we needed to win", Buffon told Italian television as Real celebrated at the Principality Stadium. "I'm happy, I'm incredibly satisfied".

"Nobody has won two Champions League twice in a row and we did it", Zidane said.

Zidane was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti when Madrid won its 10th Champions League trophy in 2014 to end its title drought. I'm very happy, it has been an fantastic season.

"The 12th for the insatiable", read a wraparound cover on AS, which hailed the decisive Cristiano Ronaldo as the most valuable player of Saturday's final and said he was "a step away from his fifth Ballon d'Or".

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It also happened to be Ronaldo's 600th career goal for club and country.

Madrid began the second half strong, with Isco and Luka Modric heavily involved while Juve were pushed back.

He scored only nine goals for Madrid this season, with his last goal coming in a Spanish league game against Villarreal in February. I have to thank them.

'This season was unbelievable again, last season was incredible.

"But at the same time we know that next year is going to be much more difficult and we will have to work harder".

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