Five ways Real Madrid can ensure their domination continues


Once Real Madrid wrapped up their 12th European trophy, "Chicharito" posted the following message on social media.

Comparing Madrid's Champions League triumph to their LaLiga success, Zidane said: "It's the same, it's a special day, but LaLiga was the happiest day of my career, because it's 38 matches and to win with the last one is brilliant".

Madrid's dominant display gives them a 12th Champions League title and makes them the first to win it in successive years since the great AC Milan side of 1989 and 1990. The Italian Champions were all over the field and dominating Real Madrid.

Juve, though, can have no complaints and have now lost five Champions League finals since they last won the competition in 1996.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid retained the Champions League in scintillating style by overwhelming Juventus in Cardiff.

Real's World Cup-winning midfielder Toni Kroos hailed Ronaldo and revealed he did not expect to defend the trophy successfully.

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

"I prepared myself well for the final part of the season and I scored some important goals".

The Croatian's first touch with his chest was fantastic and then as he was falling he somehow poked a delicate volley over the head of Real 'keeper Navas, who tried desperately to stop the shot just beneath the crossbar.

Bale, who scored only nine goals this season, said that he was very happy to create more history with the club. This season in 11 Champions League games, the 39-year-old kept 8 clean sheets and conceded only three goals.

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.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues - as well as this season's La Liga title - since he took charge in January 2016. He also became the third player ever to score for two different clubs in a final, having also netted for Bayern Munich against Dortmund in 2013. 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.

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.

Born among Marseille's toughest streets, Zidane said this week: "If you said I was going to live all of this when I was a child quite frankly I would never have believed, but here I am living it".