June 24, 2017

Zidane joy as Madrid reign supreme

15 June 2017, 02:12 | Simon Arnold

German midfielder Toni Kroos'didn't expect it would be possible to defend the title

German midfielder Toni Kroos'didn't expect it would be possible to defend the title

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to beat Juventus 4-1 as Real Madrid became back to back UEFA Champions League winners at Cardiff during the weekend.

Bale, who won his third Champions League at Madrid on Saturday, has again been linked with a move to Manchester United this off-season.

"My age is just a number, I feel like a young boy", 32-year-old Ronaldo said after being handed the man-of-the-match award by his former United manager Alex Ferguson.

"But I still finished the season happy, it's a great finish with another trophy".

The two Spanish clubs have dominated in the Champion League, winning six of the last nine titles, but Madrid had gone 12 years without lifting the trophy while Barcelona and Messi thrived.

"This season was awesome again, last season was wonderful". To win this at home is a great feeling, it's been a hard season, I've worked tirelessly to get fit and these are your rewards.

"Then we have Confederations Cup (in Russia). I am happy, these are good moments".

His display also made the Madrid fans who have previously whistled him look all the more absurd.

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Ronaldo isn't immune to criticism and when asked about how certain fans in the Bernabeu have reacted to him this season, he simply said that the "numbers don't lie".

"But you know how things are".

Team-mate Luka Modric believes Real are set to dominate European football for some time yet.

"It's been a spectacular year, I couldn't dream for better", Zidane said. "I think we feel that we are an fantastic team".

Coentrao's time at Real has been a mixed bag as he's not played more than 10 La Liga matches in one single season for Madrid since 2012-13.

The Spanish champions took charge after the break, however, restoring their lead through a deflected long-range shot from Brazilian Casemiro in the 61st minute before Portugal forward Ronaldo struck again, from close-range, after fine work by Luka Modric, to score his 600th goal for club and country.

Zidane has not yet served two full seasons as a head coach but has a pair of Champions League crowns to his name, adding to the 2002 title he won as a player at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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