Madrid hailed as "Masters of the Universe" after crushing Juve

Ross Houston
June 5, 2017

By doing so, Real were crowned kings of Europe for a record 12th time and became the first side to retain the Champions League trophy in the modern era.

Aware that Ronaldo had been below his best in two Champions League finals after feeling overworked earlier in those campaigns, he rested the forward nine times this season and was rewarded with 16 goals in his last 10 appearances.

"We can say that it is a historic day for everyone at Real Madrid", said Zinedine Zidane, who thrived as Madrid's player and now has been excelling in his second season as a head coach.

"Cristiano MVP of the final and a step away from his fifth Ballon d'Or", added AS.

Now a four-time Champions League victor, Ronaldo finished as the competition's top scorer for the fifth season running, substantially enhancing his chances of matching eternal rival Lionel Messi's tally of five Ballons d'Or.

- became the first club to reach 500 Champions League goals with the first goal in the final.

After Casemiro put the Spanish champions back in front in the 61st, Ronaldo turned in the third at the near post inside three minutes, and Marco Asensio wrapped up the scoring in the 90th.

'I'll go as far as I can go regarding my ability', Cristiano Ronaldo said after the match. 'I am very happy we have a fantastic team with great individuals.

It was Zidane's stunning volley against Bayer Leverkusen that won Real the 2002 title in Glasgow, while past year, five months after replacing Rafael Benitez as coach, he breathed new life into a demotivated team and took them to the Champions League trophy.

A key move for Madrid in its European resurgence was the signing of Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009, a transfer that took the team to another level.

The 39-year-old accepts it will be hard for Juve to match this season's triumphs in Serie A and the Coppa Italia as well as reach another Champions League final, but he is determined to give it a go.

And he is one of the great strikers, how else to describe someone who has scored more than 40 goals in each of his last seven seasons?

And the astonishing success came on top of his guiding Real Madrid to their first La Liga win in five years. "It's been an extraordinary season".

"We've made more history", Bale said.

Juventus' defeat was the seventh time they had lost in the final - a competition record. I have to thank them. "Unluckily, we didn't win it".

"No I don't think Juve have reached the end of a cycle at all", the coach said after the game. "We pressed a lot more and physically we won the game there too, so I'm very happy".

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