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Cristiano Ronaldo in numbers

Cristiano Ronaldo in numbers

- The Portuguese worldwide is now the first player in history to score in three different finals in the Champions League era. "In the second half their class, their strength, their ability to win these challenges was seen and they deservedly won", he said.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

The Spanish side opened the scoring through Ronaldo, but were pegged back by Mandzukic's bicycle kick.

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Ronaldo continued: "It is always hard in the Champions League final - [but] Juve had conceded just 3 goals all competition, and today four".

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The Italians let in more goals on Saturday than the three they had conceded in the 12 games they played to reach the final as a much-vaunted Real attack versus Juve defence scenario went emphatically in Madrid's favour.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Real Madrid poacher missed out on 2017 European Golden Shoe award to arch-rival Lionel Messi.

"As a team we played very well in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final - but you need a guy to score the goals and he did it again".

The Portugal forward's performance overshadowed Mandzukic's tally, an instant nominee for the best goal ever scored in the final of the illustrious tournament.

"Again, I've had an fantastic season", Ronaldo said.

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Casemiro got the second goal with a deflected shot which added to the suffering for Gigi Buffon, but then Ronaldo got a third which ended the game as a contest.

Real produced a ruthless second-half display after an evenly matched first 45 minutes.

Madrid had a lot to thank Keylor Navas for in the opening minutes.

Luka Modric had a 25-yard effort caught by Gianluigi Buffon and Marcelo narrowly failed to pick out Ronaldo with a cross from the left before Casemiro put Madrid ahead in the 61st minute.

Substitute Juan Cuadrado's late dismissal, picking up a second yellow card for a late foul on Ramos (who arguably embellished the contact) was the final ounce of fight from a beaten Juve side.

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This time, Zidane was a spectator on the Madrid sidelines, but enjoying it just as much.


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