Ronaldo helps Real Madrid retain title

“He has been our coach for 17 months but he has done everything possible”.

The Portuguese star credited the win to coach Zidane, who he said inspired them to victory with a rousing half-time team talk.

“I have always maintained that, in football, making the final means nothing if you don’t win it”, Buffon said. It is a long season but I am motivated.

The Spanish champions were utterly dominant after the break, however.

Against Juventus, he denied Miralem Pjanic well early on but might have done better to keep out Mario Mandzukic’s spectacular bicycle-kick equaliser.

The second marker brought the four-time Ballon d’Or victor to 600 goals for club and country, including a record 105 in the Champions League.

His career total in all competitions now stands at 600, a record 108 of which have come in the Champions League. Fans celebrate in Cibeles square while waiting for Real Madrid players to arrive after they won the Champions League final, Madrid, Spain, Sunday, June 4, 2017. “I’m a very happy man to win the 12th and we’ll enjoy this moment now”.

Three minutes later it was game over as Ronaldo netted his 12th goal in this season’s tournament, moving him a goal clear of Messi, and 105th overall.

“We were considering more at one point, but I’ve worked tirelessly hard to get back and to get ready for this game”. We are at good ages, we have young players that are coming and have a lot of quality.

“We have achieved a historic feat”, Madrid left back Marcelo said. Real Madrid deserved to win in the second half.

Bale’s injury woes this season – and the impressive displays of Spanish playmaker Isco in his absence – have led to suggestions that the Wales striker could return to the Premier League this summer.

“What an incredible scene, the stadium is incredible and the city did an immaculate job in hosting such a great event”, the Welshman, who picked up his third Champions League winners’ medal, said as the celebrations began.

“Then I’ll obviously do some work in the off-season to get it stronger and ready for next season so I’ll be firing on all cylinders”. “We are winning trophies and I am happy”.