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'Happy' Gareth Bale aims for more trophies at Real Madrid

16 Juin 2017

Juventus earned more from their Champions League campaign than any other club despite losing 4-1 against Real Madrid in the final - via Football Italia.

In between there was one of the best goals in a European final, an over-the-shoulder volley from Mario Mandzukic to draw Juventus level, and a heavily deflected drive from distance from Casemiro to restore Real's lead. Juve played very well in the first half, creating some opportunities, but in the second half we were very impressive.

Until now, no team since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, when the cup was only a knockout competition, had won back-to-back titles. They came away as losers for the seventh time in nine finals having also lost to Barcelona in 2015. But I always knew really because I'd only been training for five days with the team and I was really lucky to be involved, to be honest.

For all the talk of tactics, the threat posed by the Italian champions and the romantic notion of Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finally claiming a Champions League winner's medal, Ronaldo yet again found a way to hog the headlines.

Real gradually settled, however, and scored with their first chance after a trigonometric build-up.

Ronaldo, 32, earlier became the only player alongside Alfredo Di Stefano to score in three different European Cup/Champions League finals.

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That effort was eclipsed seven minutes later by one of the all-time great final goals.

The Juventus fans in the 72,000 crowd erupted, ramping up the atmosphere that was already crackling under the closed stadium roof.

There will be strong interest in England at the slightest suggestion that might change and it surely would if Real were to sign the 18-year-old Mbappe, even though they have had a £103 million offer rebuffed.

Real, who now have a record 12 European Cup wins, grabbed the lead in the 20th minute through Ronaldo, who slotted the ball low into the corner after a clever cut-back from Dani Carvajal following a classic counter attack.

"We had to try to score a goal, get ahead, and then defend in the second part of the game". Ramos's theatrics were an unedifying moment in a generally uplifting final and, fittingly, it ended on a positive note when Marcelo charged to the byline and crossed for Asensio to tuck home the fourth.

The reasons for such financial reward largely come down to the market pool, with only two Italian teams in the Champions League this season. "I have had a spectacular end to the season".

'Happy' Gareth Bale aims for more trophies at Real Madrid