Real defeat Juventus to retain Champions League

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Ronaldo's two goals fired Real Madrid to a remarkable 12th Champions League title in Cardiff, and the football world looked on in awe as this magnificent sportsmen added to his already glittering legacy.

Mario Mandzukic had so much to do as he controlled Gonzalo Higuain's lay-up, with the overhead, looping shot he manufactured instantly etched into Champions League final hall of fame status for its magnificence.

In the latter stages of the campaign he improved and made some fine stops on the final day against Malaga to ensure his team lifted the title for the first time since 2012.

As a player, he was in two consecutive Champions League finals with Juventus, losing both times, including to Madrid in 1998.

"I prepared myself for this, you win the biggest prizes because of what you do at the end of the season", Ronaldo, who has benefited from playing fewer games than in previous campaigns, said as his team mates celebrated.

"Zidane believes in us a lot", Ronaldo said.

For all the talk of tactics, the threat posed by the Italian champions and the romantic notion of Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finally claiming a Champions League winner's medal, Ronaldo yet again found a way to hog the headlines. I'm very happy - an wonderful season, we've won trophies.

"The numbers don't lie", he said, when asked what he had to say to those, including Real Madrid fans, who had criticised him during the year.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates winning the Uefa Champions League Final at The National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff June 3, 2017.

"The first half was hard, but in the second we were quickly superior".

As people waited in Cardiff on Saturday night for Zinedine Zidane to arrive at the post-match press conference to explain how easy it is to win European Cups, Florentino Perez was giving a radio interview anticipating another Champions League victory.

After substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off, Marco Asensio rubbed salt into Juve's wounds as they fell to their fifth successive defeat in a Champions League final. "We had to try to score a goal, get ahead, and then defend in the second part of the game. We have to give credit to Zidane, he helped us in 2001 by bringing in his talent and changing the course of history, and now as a coach he is doing a tremendous job and we have to thank him".

"Buffon will still be goalie next season and Barzagli with be with us for another year. I have a year left in my contract and I think that I'll be here the next year". We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad.

"We all need to rest now but after the holidays we will return with new drive and stimulus".

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