Twice as good as anyone else: Ronaldo romps into record books

Cristiano Ronaldo became one of the few to score twice in a UEFA Champions League Final.

Cristiano Ronaldo's double helped Real Madrid retain the Champions League in surprisingly comprehensive fashion, wrapping up an historic 12th continental crown by overcoming Juventus in a memorable Cardiff showdown.

Now the challenge is Real Madrid's as they take on Juventus in this year's Champions League final in Cardiff on Saturday.

"We won the (Spanish) league on the very last day". "He knows that we are a very good team and that is why we proved it in the second half". "Isco has had a great season and has grown a lot and makes Real Madrid more hard to read".

History beckons for both sides as Los Blancos are looking to become only the first side to defend the title since the new format began in 1992, while Juve are on the cusp of a treble having clinched the Serie A and Coppa Italia. Juventus, for their part, were looking risky on the counter. The Portuguese captain played a one two with Dani Carvajal before taking a shot from just inside the box.

That made Ronaldo the second man to score in three finals, after Alfredo Di Stefano, who netted in five in a row for Real in the 1950s. Mario Mandzukic scored Juventus' sole goal in the 27th minute.

The Juventus fans in the 72,000 crowd erupted, ramping up the atmosphere that was already crackling under the closed stadium roof.

Juve and Real possess highly contrasting playing styles.

Zinedine Zidane's side continued to pile on the pressure as the second half wore on and were rewarded when Casemiro's hit from the edge of the area took a big deflection off Sami Khedira and looped past Buffon into the corner in the 61st minute.

The Italian champions also had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off after he was shown a second yellow card for a gentle push on Sergio Ramos that drew a comical overreaction from the Madrid skipper.

Asensio tucked in the fourth goal after Marcelo had charged to the byline and Real's dominance was complete.

Afterwards shoes and bags littered the ground, people were seen limping and searching desperately for friends and relatives, the witness said.

"The 4-2-3-1 formation came to me the moment I realized our team wouldn't progress any further if we kept the old tactics and formation", Allegri said.

It was a chastening end to a night the Bianconeri had started superbly. "As a team we played very well in the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and today, but you need a guy to score the goals and he did it again", said the Germany global.

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