Thursday, 29 June, 2017

'Happy' Bale aims for more trophies at Real Madrid

Elaine Woods | 17 June, 2017, 11:27

One of them in particular - Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar made it four Champions League winners medals in his collection after the 4-1 win over Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday night.

"It's frightening and it's scary, ' Gerrard said on BT Sport's coverage of the Champions League final".

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. "We had to try to score a goal, get ahead, and then defend in the second part of the game".

Modric has also revealed that Zidane's tactical instructions during the half-time interval at the Millennium Stadium helped to inspire a three-goal showing from Madrid in the second 45 minutes.

But it was impossible to ignore Ronaldo, as his team mate Toni Kroos was quick to point out.

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Having lost yet another Champions League final in the colours of Juventus, goalkeeping legend Gianluigi Buffon says he will try again next season to lift the one club trophy that has so far eluded him. It caps a season (in which he was) champion of Spain and champion of Europe. The Portugal worldwide also recorded his 600th goal from a brace in the trouncing of the Italian team.

The former Sporting and United winger-turned-striker turned 32 in February but far from fading he is as unsafe as ever - perhaps even more effective than in his younger days.

Los Blancos became the first side in the Champions League era to retain the trophy as their emphatic win in the Welsh capital saw them claim their record-extending 12th title. I'm very happy, it has been an awesome season.

"It's been a special season", said Ronaldo, who scored twice against Juventus to finish as the competition's top scorer for the fifth straight year. "We all know we have had too many draws".

Playing Ronaldo centrally has two benefits: it allows him to concentrate exclusively on the thing he does best, scoring goals; and he now has no serious defensive duties, meaning he can't harm his team by failing to track back or support his full-back.

Croatia playmaker Modric, who brilliantly set up Ronaldo's second goal, was quick to pay tribute to manager Zinedine Zidane. Class, quality and the killer touch - all when it matters most.

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