Real Madrid's 12th Champions League win was Cristiano Ronaldo's one-man show

The Wales worldwide was a second-half substitute on Saturday as Madrid claimed their second Champions League triumph in as many seasons with a 4-1 win over Juventus in Cardiff.

The Serie A champions were beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid, as goals from Casemiro, Marco Asensio and a Cristiano Ronaldo double saw Zinedine Zidane's side become the first team to retain the trophy in the competition's modern format.

Modric praised the quality of the team after clinching the trophy and claimed that Los Merengues can continue winning titles if they keep working as hard as they have. "But I'm very grateful to this wonderful club for giving me this opportunity".

"My age is just a number, I feel like a young boy", 32-year-old Ronaldo said after being handed the man-of-the-match award by his former United manager Alex Ferguson.

"We can get better. This is only a positive thing for the team".

After another potent demonstration of Cristiano Ronaldo's enduring scoring prowess, surely no Real Madrid fan can contemplate criticizing him now.

While Cuadrado contemplated becoming the first substitute to get sent off in a Champions League final after earning two bookings inside 18 minutes, Ramos took centre stage in the trophy presentation, lifting the huge cup as his team celebrated becoming the first to successfully defend the title since 1990.

Modric has also revealed that Zidane's tactical instructions during the half-time interval at the Millennium Stadium helped to inspire a three-goal showing from Madrid in the second 45 minutes. But the magnificence evoked memories of another showpiece staged in the United Kingdom when Zidane volleyed into the top corner in Glasgow to help Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen.

Juve controlled the opening half of the game with Gonzalo Higuain managing two attempts inside the first four minutes - first heading a cross at Keylor Navas before challenging the Madrid keeper with a long distance strike just a few moments later.

"We've made more history", Bale said. "It was crucial for our performance in the second half".

Last season the players received mush less, about £700,000, for their efforts.

On one night, Juventus conceded more goals than it had on the journey to the final, having let in only three in the previous three games.

"No, I don't think Juventus have reached the end of a cycle at all", he said. The same applies to Andrea Barzagli, who will still be with us for at last another year.

Vanessa Coleman

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