Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid successfully defend their UEFA Champions League title on Saturday after beating Juventus in the final in Cardiff. Real created UCL history by becoming the only club in to retain the title.
Real Madrid successfully defended their UEFA Champions League title on Saturday after beating Juventus in the final in Cardiff. Zinedine Zidane’s men created history by becoming the only club in UCL history to retain the title.
The star player Cristiano Ronaldo ended all hopes of a treble for the Italian side. The Portugal captain scored the opening goal, despite a strong start from Juve. The first half still belonged to the Italian winners who did not lose any chances of attacking. The match, which already had the fans at the edge of their seat, became highly interesting and entertaining when Mario Mandzukic scored an equaliser a few minutes after Ronaldo’s opener.
The game completely changed in favour of Los Blancos in the second half as they gained dominance to finish the game with a margin of 4-1. Gianluigi Buffon was left in despair as he saw probably his last chance of winning the Champions League title slip from his hands. He has lost all three Champions League finals he played in, the tournament becoming the only major title which does not feature under the 39-year-old goalkeeper’s name.
In the second-half, Real came out all guns blazing. In the 61st minute, Casemiro took a shot from a distance from where he has no right to score. But, before the ball covers too much distance it took a scrape off the heals of Sami Khedira. That put it past the grip of Buffon and Real were in the lead again. Just over two minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo slotted the ball past Buffon after some nippy work from Luka Modric and Real were three up.
It seemed all over for the Serie A champions. But Real was still not done destroying. Marco Asensio, who came in for Isco in the final 10 minutes of the game, made it 4-1 with a strong finish off a Marcelo cross.
Gareth Bale also made an appearance in the final ten minutes in the final match taking place in his own country, to the extreme joy of fans.
The players celebrated with their families and loved ones in the Millennium Stadium as each player lifted and kissed the trophy that had Real Madrid etched on it.