Five ways Real Madrid can ensure to continue their domination

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Now a four-time Champions League victor, Ronaldo finished as the competition's top scorer for the fifth season running, substantially enhancing his chances of matching fierce rival Lionel Messi's tally of five Ballon d'Or crowns.

"You need a guy to score the goals and he did it again", said the Germany global. Having already won a record sixth consecutive Serie A title and the Italian Cup, they were bidding for the treble but, instead, lost for the seventh time in a European Cup final. The numbers don't lie.

Zinedine Zidane favoured in-form Isco for a final that Bale entered as a 77th-minute substitute, making a timely return from a calf injury as Real Madrid overcame Juventus in surprisingly comprehensive fashion.

Madrid's third Champions League triumph in four years marked Bale's seventh trophy at the club but the 27-year-old remains hungry for more success.

In the past 12 months Ronaldo has won two Champions League titles, the European Championship with Portugal, claimed a Spanish league title and the World Club Cup and on an individual level been awarded the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's "Best" award. "It is another record, a record that these players deserve and we are delighted". "I told them to continue with what we were doing but putting more pressure on them and playing with more width".

It was a fine strike, and it made Ronaldo the first player to have scored in three finals in the post-1992 Champions League age, but it was quickly cancelled out by Mandzukic's masterpiece.

"In the second half, we saw the best Madrid [performance] of the entire season". Juve I think only conceded three goals in the whole Champions League.

"Then we will get some rest and later we will start thinking about next season". The goalkeeper blocked a header and strike from Gonzalo Higuain, and produced a one-handed save when Miralem Pjanic picked a gap through a crowd of defenders.

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

Madrid completed a sublime double, having won La Liga for the first time since 2012, and the Spanish giants ensured they marked the occasion with joyous scenes raging from Cardiff to the Spanish capital on Saturday night.

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