Cristiano Ronaldo feels youthful after latest Champions League triumph

Hazel Gray
June 4, 2017

Juventus were still hopeful of winning the trophy for the first time in 21 years as they reached the interval at 1-1, but Real found several extra gears to streak away and become the first club in the Champions League era to lift the trophy in successive seasons.

Buffon had played in two previous Champions League finals and both times went home as a runner-up.

In assists, last term's joint leader Neymar finished top outright this time with eight assists, having a hand in 12 goals overall as well as scoring four himself. We can say that it is a historic day for everyone at Real Madrid, for me, for the players, for our families.

"We are disappointed. We played very well in the first half, we thought we had enough to win the game", the 39-year-old said.

"But you know how things are".

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With the blow of the final whistle, the Portuguese global was named the Man-of-the-Match and received the award from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. I'm very happy, it has been an wonderful season. In the second half, we saw the best Madrid performance of the entire season'.

Saturday's 4-1 scoreline was somewhat harsh on Max Allegri's team who had put on an excellent first-half display, going in 1-1 after a wonderful equaliser from Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic.

Gareth Bale, like Modric a former Tottenham player, had been the focus of the build-up to the game but Modric proved crucial to Madrid's successful defence of the title.

They certainly don't, as the Portuguese star scored 16 goals in his last ten games and a remarkable ten goals across the quarter, semi and final of this year's Champions League - all of which brought him to 42 goals across all competitions. "But we can improve the team". [Gianluigi] Buffon will still be the Juventus goalkeeper next year, Andrea Barzagli will still be with us. The Italian champions also had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off after he was shown a second yellow card for a gentle push on Sergio Ramos that drew a lamentable overreaction from the Madrid skipper. They still have lots to give this club but we can improve the team.

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