Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for life, says Perez

But Juventus' dreams of a first Champions League title in 21 years ended in heartbreak as Madrid upped the ante, regaining their lead as Casemiro's 30-yard drive flew home via a deflection.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

Mario Mandzukic's quite brilliant overhead kick had almost everyone watching the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid applauding.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, becoming the first player to find the net in three Champions League finals.

Three minutes later and it was a third for Madrid when Ronaldo arrived at the near post to meet Modric's delivery and slot the ball first time past Buffon for his second of the night and his 600th goal in all competitions for club and country. Real just suffocated their surging start, rendering Mario Mandzukic's brilliant goal little more than a consolation. They don't come to Champions League finals to compete, they come to fulfil a script.

Juventus, who have lost four finals since winning the tournament for a second time in 1996, are seeking to complete the first treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and European Cup crowns in their history.

"It's been a hard season, so I understood the circumstances", he said.

Ronaldo's effort was eclipsed seven minutes later by one of the all-time great final goals.

Juventus then wilted and finished with 10 men after Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the 84th minute - 18 minutes after coming on as a substitute - following a second booking for the mildest of pushes on defender Sergio Ramos, whose theatrics left a sour taste on an otherwise uplifting occasion.

Bonucci's flighted pass from deep was volleyed into the box by Alex Sandro and Higuain chested the ball down before teeing it up for Mandzukic. Juve were just battered back, as Casemiro battered the ball back towards Gigi Buffon's goal on 60 minutes, the deflection to take it past the goalkeeper not lucky but a outcome of the pattern of play.

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

Madrid was already in control when Bale went on, but he almost scored after a ball was crossed toward him inside the area.

"I remember in December, when I went back to Turin and had dinner with Gigi, chatting to other former team-mates too, they were convinced they had a great squad and could go all the way".

Another player whose records speak for themselves, Juventus full back Dani Alves just pips Real's Dani Carvajal to the spot at right back in this combined XI.

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