Cristiano Ronaldo nets double as Real are crowned kings of Europe
Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid retained their Champions League crown and heaped more final heartbreak on Juventus with a 4-1 win in Cardiff.
In a gripping final, Real took the lead when Ronaldo finished off a flowing counter-attack (20) but Juventus hit back seven minutes later through a skilful overhead kick from Mario Mandzukic that will go down in history as one the greatest goals in Champions League history.
Casemiro fired Zinedine Zidane’s side into the lead on 61 minutes and Ronaldo – who now has 600 goals for club and country – struck again three minutes later, before Marco Asensio wrapped up a convincing victory in stoppage time to seal a historic 12th European major title for Real.
Juve – who had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off for two yellow cards late on – have now suffered a fifth straight defeat in the showpiece European final (1997, 1998, 2003, 2015, 2017) but victory for the La Liga giants means they have become the first side to defend the Champions League since its revamp in 1992.
This fixture matched up a well-drilled Juventus defence that had conceded just three goals in this season’s competition against a ruthless Real attacking outfit that scored in all of their 12 Champions League matches this season.