Real's remarkable Ronaldo again delivers when it matters

Mandzukic volley among magnificent seven of best Champions League final goals

Mandzukic volley among magnificent seven of best Champions League final goals

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 600 career goals for Real Madrid and country, including 105 in the Champions League, and has finished as the top scorer in the competition for the last 5 seasons.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said even his side's rock-like defence was powerless to resist Real Madrid's firepower as the Italian club's hopes of a first Champions League triumph in 21 years ended in heartache on Saturday. As a team we played very good in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and today but at the end you need a guy to score to win this title and he did.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Juventus, who are the Serie A champions, have now lost five Champions League finals since they last won the competition in 1996.

Not bad for a night's work.

The long, arduous journey to European glory culminated under the roof in Wales, where Zinedine Zidane's men showed their killer instinct to win the title for the third time in four seasons.

The first half saw a dominant Juventus, who attacked right from the beginning of the game. They put more goals past Juventus in 90 minutes than the Italian champions had conceded in their previous 12 Champions League games.

In a sizzling first half, Cristiano Ronaldo put Real ahead before Mario Mandzukic's incredible overhead kick, one of the great European Cup final goals, deservedly drew Juventus level under the Principality Stadium roof. Now I have two or 3 days off to rest and after we have a (World Cup) qualifying game for Portugal and we have the Confederations Cup.

With substitute Juan Cuadrado seeing red for Juventus thanks to, shall we say, the experience of Sergio Ramos, any chance of a comeback was thrown out of the window. "In the second half, we were too static", he told reporters at his post-match press conference.

This time, Zidane was a spectator on the Madrid sidelines, but enjoying it just as much.

Real's Toni Kroos was in awe of his team-mate Ronaldo. Would anyone bet against him doing it all again next year?

"My age is just a number", Ronaldo said. Perez said. "He should win his fifth Ballon d'Or now, nobody can argue with that, his end of the season has been spectacular".

The presence of Isco and Marco Asensio has also led to suggestions that Real Madrid are a better team without Bale, whilst Ronaldo is showing no signs of slowing down as he continues to produce on the biggest of stages.

"He was fantastic, this past few months".

"I didn't expect that it was possible to defend this title, it is so hard to win it once".

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