Ronaldo helps Real Madrid become 1st team to retain CL title

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice against Juventus in the Champions League final to net his 600th goal for club and country.

The Wales global 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 Spaniards' unprecedented dominance commenced when they swept the first five stagings of the UEFA championship.

Ronaldo has now won 20 major trophies in his glittering career, with four Champions League triumphs, including three with Madrid and one at Manchester United.

With that in mind, Madrid's bid to win a 12th European Cup served as a referendum on Ronaldo's right to be mentioned in the same breath as immortals like Alfredo Di Stefano, Johan Cruyff and his old rival Lionel Messi, who all played their best with the biggest prize at stake.

It's the first time in the Champions League era (since 1992) that a team has won back-to-back titles.

Of course, Real's win was about much more than the contribution of their Portugal forward. I have the opportunity to say that every year.

After a stint guiding Madrid B, Zidane replaced coach Rafa Benitez when the team was struggling in early 2016, and quickly got it back on track.

Jose Mourinho on Antoine Griezmann, Man Utd and Monaco GP
Mourinho knows that only three or four quality additions are needed to make the team win its first league title in five years. Wayne Rooney seems ready to leave Manchester United as is considering a number of options for the next step in his career.

"I'm very happy. It was an fantastic season again".

"But you know how things are".

And Bale nearly got on the end of a Ronaldo cross but the fourth and final goal came from fellow sub Marco Asensio to complete the rout in the final minute. Madrid is the only team to have double-figure Champions League wins - a dozen. "I feel like a young boy".

According to Sky Sports, Juventus conceded more goals in the one match than they did in the entire competition leading up to it.

Particularly after the world player of the year ensured Madrid pulled off one of soccer's hardest feats, becoming the first team to successfully defend their Champions League title.

Speaking about the jeers Real fans levelled on him during down times in the season, Ronaldo said: "It is not the moment to speak about [whistles]". They have now won as many titles as the next two successful sides combined.

But Casemiro restored Madrid's lead just beyond the hour and further strikes from Ronaldo and substitute Marco Asensio sealed victory for Zinedine Zidane's side, European champions in three of the last four seasons.

"It's very disappointing to be honest", he said. Bonucci's flighted pass from deep was volleyed into the box by Alex Sandro and Higuain chested the ball down before teeing it up for Mandzukic.

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