Cristiano Ronaldo, the star of a star-studded Real Madrid team, earned his man of the match award in the Champions League Final on Saturday evening, scoring two goals to help his team claim their twelfth European Cup.
"We're the first team to win the Champions League two years running, I scored two goals in the final and I'm the top scorer in the competition this season, so I'm happy", said Cristiano Ronaldo.
The score was at 1-1 after Ronaldo had netted against the run of play and Mario Mandzukic had equalised but Juventus were creating the better chances and Gianluigi Buffon's net had otherwise gone untroubled.
Real produced a ruthless second-half display after an evenly matched first 45 minutes. His stunner of a goal made Juventus believe on an upset.
But the granite-like trio of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci cracked after Juventus had been the better side in a first half that ended 1-1.
That's more than any other club this season, as winners Real Madrid took home just €80.9m. "In the second half their class, their strength, their ability to win these challenges was seen and they deservedly won", he said. But we can improve the team.
"Zidane believes in us a lot", Ronaldo said.
"To win this cup you have to be stronger than everything against you".
Gonzalo Higuain worked Keylor Navas twice, while Miralem Pjanic's snappy half-volley forced the Madrid goalkeeper into a smart one-handed save. The world player of the year knocked the ball across to Dani Carvajal on the right flank before drifting into the penalty area to receive it back and beat Buffon.
Leonardo Bonucci's deep ball was brought down by Alex Sandro, who cut it back to Higuain in the penalty area.
This time, Zidane was a spectator on the Madrid sidelines, but enjoying it just as much.
Juventus retreated after the break, though, and Casemiro's deflected strike restored Real's lead on the hour before Ronaldo struck the killer blow three minutes later. 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.
Juan Cuadrado was red carded in the 83rd minute of the game. Would anyone bet against him doing it all again next year?
Gareth Bale, like Modric a former Tottenham player, had been the focus of the build-up to the game but Modric proved crucial to Madrid's successful defence of the title.