Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Champions League final: How the players rated as Real Madrid beat Juventus


Zinedine Zidane's men, particularly star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, showcased their scoring qualities to beat Italy Serie A champions Juventus 4-1, and make Real Madrid the champions of Europe for a record 12th time.

A long-range deflected effort by Casemiro and a neat finish by the irrepressible Ronaldo within four minutes effectively settled one of the most entertaining finals for years, with a late tap-in by substitute Marco Asensio adding the gloss.

Gareth Bale reflected on an "incredible feeling" after Real Madrid dismantled Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final on Saturday. Ronaldo joined Alfredo Di Stéfano as the only players to score in three European Cup finals.

In the colours of the national team, under the guidance of his former Juve coach Marcello Lippi, Buffon won the World Cup in 2006, making up for the disappointment of missing out on Italy's European Championship success in 2000 due to injury.

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. "It was a good choice of mine and my coach and I'm very happy for how I've finished".

Juventus' defeat was the seventh time they had lost in the final - a competition record.

The victory was the twelfth title for Real Madrid in the team's Champions League history.

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While Real Madrid aren't convinced by Keylor Navas, the Red Devils need a striker to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Varane has always been on Mourinho's transfer wishlist.

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"We had a great first half in which we had Real in trouble".

Modric created Ronaldo's second goal from the right wing, elegantly skipping towards the byline before pulling back the ball for Ronaldo to smash home and effectively kill the game.

The 27-year-old said of Portuguese playmaker Ronaldo: "Everybody knows that he is very important".

"I played here for a long time and I feel part of the furniture".

Ronaldo scored twice to become the first player in the modern era to score in three finals. We ended it very well and I'm happy.

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