Cristiano Ronaldo becomes second player to score in three European Cup finals

Jane Richards
June 4, 2017

What a season it was been for Ronaldo, adding the Champions League title to his Euro 2016, La Liga and FIFA Club World Cup winner's medals. They have won two of the previous three finals going into this weekend's showcase. We are the first team to win it two years in a row and I scored two goals.

"To win at home is a dream come true", Bale told BT Sport 2.

Towards the end of the game, just after the third Real Madrid goal, a firework was let off or a barrier fell - it's still not clear - and this sparked a panic.

Trezeguet, who scored 171 goals for the Bianconeri between 2000 and 2009, missed the first spot-kick as Juventus lost the 2003 final to AC Milan on penalties.

Hundreds of Real fans, almost all of them wearing replica shirts, staged impromptu games of football in the busy shopping streets and went through their repertoire of club anthems.

Juventus looked the more adventurous side in the first 20 minutes but it was Real who struck first after the sort of trigonometric build-up that coaches write books about. "It's very hard to reach the Champions League final two years running, but we did that".

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When Juventus's players had been ushered off the field beforehand in order for the opening ceremony could begin, it confirmed what many felt about modern football. Now it's about preventing a repeat of the 2015 final loss to Barcelona with a much-changed squad. The only Italian team to have previously won the treble was Inter in 2009-10, under Jose Mourinho.

After plowing through the best of what Europe has to offer, only Real Madrid and Juventus are left standing.

Ronaldo's opener was also significant as it took Real Madrid to 500 goals in the Champions League.

On the losing side? Juventus fans watching the Champions League fina.

Felix Brych, a German referee from Munich, will be the one blowing the whistle in the Welsh capital. In 12 European games this season, Juventus has only conceded three goals and is looking to become the first undefeated champion since Manchester United in 2008. "We pressed a lot more and physically we won the game there too, so I'm very happy".

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