Cristiano Ronaldo feels youthful after latest Champions League triumph

Ronaldo helps Real Madrid become 1st team to defend CL title

France's national team coach Didier Deschamps today hailed former France teammate Zinedine Zidane, who lead Real Madrid to consecutive Champions League titles.

Jose Mourinho's side won the Community Shield and EFL Cup before finishing the campaign with a 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final, a result that saw them lift the trophy for the first time and claim a place in next season's Champions League.

Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 20th minute and became the first player ever to score in three different Champions League finals.

Buffon won the UEFA Cup with Parma in 1999 but has suffered defeats to AC Milan, Barcelona and Madrid at the final hurdle of the Champions League. "I have a year left in my contract and I think that I'll be here the next year".

"We all know the Premier League is the most important thing and one of the things we have to improve next season", he said.

"We promised to return and we have returned as champions", said Ramos as the squad visited the home of Madrid's local government and the city hall.

But let's not forget just how vital Ronaldo's days at Manchester United were for his development.


Leonardo Bonucci's raking pass was volleyed into the box by Alex Sandro and Gonzalo Higuain kept the ball airborne for Mandzukic to chest it up and send a looping volley over Keylor Navas.

With Madrid playing a 4-4-2 formation with a diamond midfield and featuring no traditional wingers, the onus fell on Modric and Toni Kroos to occupy wider spaces. Karim Benzema picked up possession and passed to Ronaldo.

But within seven minutes, Ronaldo was shaking his head and scowling after seeing an equalizer of individual brilliance.

"We're going to speak with Zidane, who's the conductor of this orchestra".

This time, Zidane was a spectator on the Madrid sideline.

Even Real supporters jeered him at stages in a season where Ronaldo's goals ensured a La Liga title and Champions League trophy. The Croatian timed his cutback to perfection in the 64th to allow Ronaldo to ghost in between Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini and slot in at the near post.

On average, the Real Madrid celebrations delivered 900,000 viewers and a 5.7% share for the DTT network.

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