Cristiano Ronaldo capped his greatest year by helping Real Madrid become the first Champions League holder to retain its title, showcasing his enduring lethal scoring qualities in a 4-1 victory over Juventus on Saturday.
In an exceptional career in which he keeps rewriting the record books, Ronaldo netted twice in Cardiff to become the first player in the 25 seasons of the Champions League era to score in three finals.
“People don’t have words to criticize,” Ronaldo said, “because the numbers don’t lie.”
Madrid outclasses Juventus:-
1.Ronaldo’s first strike at Millennium Stadium was cancelled out by Mario Mandzukic’s exquisite 27th-minute hook shot. It was the only high point for Juventus on a night when the Italian champion was outclassed in its quest for a first European title in 21 years.
2.Madrid’s supremacy was clear in the second half
3.After Casemiro put the Spanish champions back in front in the 61st, Ronaldo turned in his 600th career goal at the near post three minutes later, and Marco Asensio wrapped up a record-extending 12th title in the 90th.
Pair of world class goals:-
1.One of the first things Navas’ counterpart, Gianluigi Buffon, had to do was pick the ball out of his net.
2.It was the culmination of a counterattack of breathtaking speed launched by Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Karim Benzema picked up possession and passed to Ronaldo. The world player of the year knocked the ball across to Dani Carvajal on the right flank before drifting into the penalty area to receive it back and beat Buffon.
3.The limelight had been stolen from Ronaldo. Could he match it? He tried, with an ambitious overhead kick that didn’t each reach the goal before being blocked.
Madrid seizes control:-
1.But it was a sign of Madrid slowly seizing control of the final on a stage it is so familiar with.
2.Domination was verified after the break when Madrid went back in front — through Casemiro’s strike which deflected off Sami Khedira — and this time the lead was retained.
3.Juve’s night took a turn for the worse when Juan Cuadrado was dismissed for a second booking in the 84th. And to compile their misery, Asensio beat Buffon again as the 39-year-old goalkeeper missed out on a first European title