Bale commits to Real Madrid after 'incredible' Champions League triumph

Ruben Hill
June 19, 2017

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was crestfallen after seeing his Champions League dream snatched away yesterday morning (Singapore time).

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.

Ronaldo hasn't got too much time to relax as his Portugal side are due to take on Latvia in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Isco, who kept Cardiff-born Gareth Bale out of the starting line-up, described it as Real's best performance of the season as they outclassed Italian champions Juventus in the second half.

As well as solidifying their status as the most successful club in the history of the competition, Madrid completed a first La Liga and Champions League double for 59 years and became the first side to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.

"The Portuguese striker spoke after the final, highlighting his great personal season and the great job of the team:" I'm very happy, it has been an incredible season. "It is another record, a record that these players deserve and we are delighted".

Even media in Barcelona found it within themselves to praise Madrid, with Diario Sport calling them "Just champions" on their cover, while Mundo Deportivo acknowledged Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane's part in the triumph, labelling the Frenchman "historic".

"It's a tremendous joy for the players and for this vast club", Zidane told beIN Sports Spain.

"Nobody has won two Champions League twice in a row and we did it", Zidane said.

Juan Cuadrado was red carded in the 83rd minute of the game.

"We thought we had enough to win the game".

"I think we can get better".

"Zidane was one of the best players to pass through Madrid and now he is showing that he knows how to manage the squad perfectly", adds Alvarez.

Following an elaborate pre-match ceremony involving American pop act Black Eyed Peas at the Principality Stadium, Juve settled first.

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

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.

Leonardo Bonucci's deep ball was brought down by Alex Sandro, who cut it back to Higuain in the penalty area.

But after the break, it was Zidane's men who set the tempo and in the 61st minute Casemiro put them ahead.

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