Real Madrid retained the Champions League in scintillating style by overwhelming Juventus in Cardiff.
Real’s record 12th triumph in this competition – and third in four seasons – was predictably orchestrated by Ronaldo, who has now scored in three different Champions League finals.
Ronaldo opened the scoring in Cardiff, with Juve drawing level through a brilliant equaliser from Mario Mandzukic, before Casemiro edged Madrid back in front after the break and the Portugal captain added his second, with Marco Asensio then netting a late fourth to secure a 12th European Cup for the Spanish side. Juan Cuadrado was dismissed for Juve six minutes from time.
Los Blancos were given a rougher ride last season, when they edged Atletico Madrid on penalties to claim their 11th European Cup title, and they have had to wait only a year to secure their 12th. The Bernabeu side have, therefore, added to what was already a record number of victories in the competition.
Juventus dominated early possession, but it was Real Madrid that opened the scoring in the 20th minute of play with Ronaldo’s low drive beaten Bufon who had a bad game for the night in front of the 65,842 spectators at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.
Juventus’ pressure paid off immediately when Mario Mandzukic scored a spectacular goal to equalise for Juventus in the 27th minute, making the first half to end at 1-1.
Casemiro gave Madrid the lead again when his shot in the 61st minute of the second half found the net.
Ronaldo was again on duty as he scored his second goal to give Madrid 3-1 lead in the 64th minute of the game.
Juan Cuadrado got a red card in the 84th minute of the game for acting stupidly after he was fouled. He got a second yellow card which translated to his being sent off.
Substitute Marco Asensio scored few minutes he got into the pitch in the 90th minute to complete Juventus annihilation.
The last time any team won successive European Cups was Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan, who won the competition in 1989 and 1990.