Ronaldo helps Real Madrid become 1st team to retain CL title

Back on the Cardiff turf where he won the first major silverware of his astonishing career, Cristiano Ronaldo cemented his legacy as one of the game's all-time greats with a decisive brace in Real Madrid's 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.

In an exceptional career in which he keeps rewriting the record books, Ronaldo is the first player in the 25 seasons of the Champions League era to score in three finals.

After an even first half in which Cristiano Ronaldo's crisp strike was canceled out by Mario Mandzukic's breathtaking and acrobatic volley (more on that below), Zinedine Zidane's men took control after the break.

Buffon was deceived by the deflection and three minutes later, the veteran stopper knew his Champions League dream may have been killed off one last time as Ronaldo fired home his second goal from close range, the Juventus challenge evaporated, with Marco Asensio sealing the deal with a late fourth. They put more goals past Juventus in 90 minutes than the Italian champions had conceded in their previous 12 Champions League games.

His career goal tally in club and worldwide soccer now stands at 600.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane claims he is not the world's best coach despite earning a second Champions League trophy in two years.

"Testament to Juventus in the first half, I thought they looked a better team but the experience in this Real Madrid team, the belief in themselves".

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Juve center back Leonardo Bonucci drove a long diagonal ball which Alex Sandro reached and cushioned back across the box.

Whenever Ronaldo plays these days, he seems to create more history for himself or his club. "In the second half their class, their strength, their ability to win these challenges was seen and they deservedly won", he said.

"I am very happy as we are the first team to win two consecutive Champions Leagues, and scoring two goals". Gonzalo Higuain knocked it back to Mandzukic who took a touch on his chest and leaped, with his back to goal, to connect with a stunning bicycle kick that looped over Keylor Navas. "It was a good choice of mine and my coach and I'm very happy for how I've finished".

With Madrid playing a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield and featuring no traditional wingers, the onus fell on Modric and Toni Kroos to occupy wider spaces.

"It's a tremendous feeling of joy for the players and the club", Zidane added.

The Italian champions had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off after he was shown a second yellow card for a gentle push on Sergio Ramos that drew a lamentable overreaction from the Madrid skipper. The objective now is to win it again next year.