For the fifth time since winning the UEFA Champions League in 1996, Italian giants, masters of defensive tactics, Juventus, on Saturday lost their fifth Champions League final match.
What a total dismantling of the Italians who had been well acknowledged for their defensive strategies! They crumbled miserably 1-4!
For an offensive oriented Real Madrid wearing the purple colour of Nigeria’s Premier league side, MFM , it is another feather to their well decorated cap. A record 12th win, Ronaldo emerging top scorer with 12 goals and Real Madrid not just becoming the first side to hit a milestone of 500 goals, they surpassed it by three! Ronaldo’s brace also brought his career goal haul to 600.
Hero was undoubtedly the celebrated Cristiano Ronaldo who scored twice as holders Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for a record 12th time after outclassing 10-man Juventus in a high-quality Champions League final in Cardiff.
The former Manchester United right winger, who will now face his former club in the Super Cup, put Real Madrid ahead with a first-time finish from 16 yards before Mario Mandzukic equalised from just inside the area with a sensational overhead kick beyond Keylor Navas.
Real took control after the interval, Brazilian midfielder Casemiro’s deflected shot restoring the lead before Ronaldo sealed victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side after poking home from close range following Luka Modric’s cross.
Juventus played the last six minutes with 10 men after substitute Juan Cuadrado was booked twice inside 18 minutes, before substitute Marco Asensio hit the fourth after Marcelo’s fine pass.
Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues – as well as this season’s La Liga title – since he took charge of Real in January 2016.
Real forward Gareth Bale came on as a 77th-minute substitute in his home city after recovering from a calf injury.