Cristiano Ronaldo and Alex Ferguson share touching moment after the UCL Final

Ruben Hill
June 5, 2017

It was a 12th European Cup triumph for Madrid and a third in four years as Zinedine Zidane's side became the first to retain the title in the Champions League era.

After such a terrific first half, the second half was much slower.

And that friendship between the duo become more well known last night as he celebrated with Ronaldo on the pitch after last night's Champions League final victory over Juventus.

Los Blancos president Florentino Perez told Cadena Ser radio that nobody could now doubt that Ronaldo was set to win a fifth career Ballon d'Or this year.

"That is why he is already the best coach in the world".

The Frenchman, who himself won the Champions League as a legendary player for Real between 2001 and 2006, has enjoyed spectacular success since taking his first role in senior management just 18 months ago.

"The 12th of a Madrid for the ages", said El Mundo to hail Real's dominance of Europe's premier club competition.

The 32-year-old believes Madrid were worthy winners and was happy to take another swipe at his detractors at the end of a season in which he has suffered boos at the hands of Madrid fans at Santiago Bernabeu and had his form questioned at times.

"Of course I like to play freer because it is a position in which I also play with Portugal, but obviously I also like the 4-3-3".

The Spanish champions were utterly dominant after the break, however.

It was all about Real Madrid in the second half. Ronaldo scored twice in the final, finishing the season with 16 goals in his last 10 games.

No team collects European trophies as ruthlessly as Real Madrid.

The Welshman only made 17 La Liga appearances in a season hampered by injury, and Bale admitted that he must rest to be able to return stronger next term.

Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos was happy to let Ronaldo hog the spotlight, adding: "Everybody knows that Cristiano is very important". "I was happy I got on to play".

His career total in all competitions now stands at 600, a record 108 of which have come in the Champions League.

"What an incredible scene".

"It's been a hard season, but I've worked hard and didn't think I would make the final but I worked tirelessly at home and this is the reward".

"With a bit more luck we could have finished the first half in the lead and then it would have been a different match".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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