Cristiano Ronaldo feels youthful after latest Champions League triumph

Posted June 18, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo added yet another trophy, along with some more astonishing milestones, to his growing personal collection after scoring a brace in Real Madrid's 4-1 UEFA Champions League final victory over Juventus in Cardiff. "We are winning trophies and I am happy". "It's a tremendous joy for the players, for this enormous club and I am happy because it is not easy to win things like La Liga and the Champions League", he said. "Now we have to celebrate".

"I love football. I have the chance to be with this great club, with this great squad".

"This is only a positive thing for the team".

Madrid bought Rodriguez from Monaco in 2014 was initially part of a fearsome quartet which included Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

That doesn't mean it is easy, and Zidane has made some excellent but hard decisions to remove barriers to Real's progress, first and foremost his repositioning of Ronaldo as an outright centre forward rather than his old place on the left wing.

The Portugal forward put Madrid ahead with a cool finish in the first half at the Principality Stadium and then scored their killer third goal from close-range in the second half.

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In the 31st minute, New Zealand defender Michael Boxall scored an own goal after Denis Glushakov had struck the post. Petersburg Stadium, Fisht Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan.

Juventus edged the first half but Madrid returned from the break rejuvenated, with the Portuguese taking his tally to 600 goals for club and country in-between breakthroughs from Casemiro and Marco Asensio. With Juventus he has won the Italian league title eight times. "It was crucial for our performance in the second half". AC Milan were the last team to retain Europe's top prize when they triumphed in 1989 and 1990.

Speculation that the Colombia worldwide will depart the Santiago Bernabeu this summer only intensified after he was left out of the squad for Saturday's 4-1 Champions League final victory over Juventus, but Perez says his future still has to be decided on by Zidane.

"I'm not going to confirm that I'm going to stay here my whole life, that just doesn't happen".

"I have a one-year contract left". They came away as losers for the seventh time in nine European Cup finals having also lost to Barcelona in 2015.

But Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri said it was not the end of the road for his side. "No I don't think Juve has reached the end of a cycle at all", Allegri said. "This year has been spectacular and now we will enjoy it". They've still got lots to give.