Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

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As a player, he was in two consecutive Champions League finals with Juventus, losing both times, including to Madrid in 1998.

"It's been a special season", said Ronaldo, who scored twice against Juventus to finish as the competition's top scorer for the fifth straight year.

Feted as one of the finest talents of his generation, Zinedine Zidane has made the transition to management so smoothly that he has already eclipsed some of the game's most hallowed names just 17 months into his spell as Real Madrid boss.

REAL Madrid players were labelled "insatiable" and "masters of the universe" by an adoring Spanish press yesterday after writing more UEFA Champions League history by thrashing Juventus 4-1 to win the trophy for the 12th time.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon admitted he has "one more chance" to win the Champions League before his career ends.

'It's been a tough year with a lot of football and the injuries, but the main thing for me is to get my ankle sorted and give it that rest it needs. "But I still have finished the season happy, it's a great finish with another trophy".

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A Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid last season might have been seen in some quarters as beginner's luck.

After seeing Lionel Messi and Barcelona reign with four titles in a decade, Cristiano Ronaldo's Madrid raised its game the last four seasons and again became the team to beat in the continent.

After winning his fourth Champions League title (three for Real and one for Manchester United), Cristiano has global duty, representing Portugal in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation - his first game is two weeks from now on June 18.

Buffon has previously hinted that he will retire after the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. "It has been a spectacular year thanks to you and in the end we won the double".

"He said at half-time that we needed to be more aggressive, to not allow Juve to keep the ball easily like they did in first half after our goal".

With Zidane's words ringing in their ears, Madrid were revitalised in the second half, scoring three times to seal the famous "cup with the big ears". I think it's the best second half we've had this season. When the stars didn't play, the youngsters did and they did well. "At one point it didn't seem like I was going to make it to the final but I've worked tirelessly at home and this is the reward you get for all the hard work you've put in".

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