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Ronaldo leads Real to new records

Ronaldo with medal

Ronaldo with medal

Juventus 1 Real Madrid 4

Cristiano Ronaldo wrote himself and his club into the record books with a double strike to seal a memorable victory for Real Madrid in sensational style.

The Portuguese international, who led his country to the European Championship a year ago, scored twice as Real retained the Champions League trophy by overwhelming Juventus in Cardiff.

Real’s record 12th triumph in this competition – and third in four seasons – was a testimony to their talisman’s ever-growing reputation as potentially the best player to have graced the game.

Ronaldo has now scored in three Champions League finals and in the Welsh capital he was majestic in sweeping their rivals aside as if from a lower level.

Mario Mandzukic levelled with a sublime overhead kick, but Real were unstoppable after the break, restoring their lead just through Casemiro’s deflected shot before Ronaldo scored at the near post from a cross by the outstanding Luka Modric.

Juventus’ substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off for a second caution after a clash with Sergio Ramos, before substitute Marco Asensio emphasised Real’s superiority with a precise finish in the last minute.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues – as well as this season’s La Liga title.

Juve have now lost five Champions League finals since they last won the competition in 1996.

 

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