Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for life, says Perez

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- won three Champions League titles in four years, joining 1974-76 Bayern Munich (1974-76), Ajax (1971-73) and 1956-60 Real Madrid (1956-60) as teams that won three European Cups in four years.

The Spaniards' unprecedented dominance commenced when they swept the first five stagings of the UEFA championship.

"Admittedly, it'll be tough to do better than this year, because we could've done something truly incredible this season".

"However, I remain proud of being part of this group".

"In the first half we played beautifully".

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says team unity was the key to his team's Champions League success and hugely impressive 2016-17 campaign.

"In the first half, we played beautifully but they pushed the accelerator in the second half and we could not resist", said Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, whose side were reduced to 10 men in the 84th minute when substitute Juan Cuadrado was harshly sent off for a second yellow card following the slightest of contacts with Sergio Ramos' back.

Veteran Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon's hopes of becoming the oldest player to win the trophy were crushed by a ruthless Madrid side and his chances of adding a Champions League winners' medal to his collection of silverware now look slim.

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- became the first club to reach 500 Champions League goals with the first goal in the final.

"A thrashing by Real Madrid of Juve to win the 12th", continued it's front page. Me and my teammates we have won the double. "I am happy, these are good moments". "They showed their class and the attitude needed to play in this kind of game".

Ronaldo was at the heart of it, playing the ball into the path of Dani Carvajal who cut it straight back to allow the Portuguese forward to sweep the ball sweetly into the far corner.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid overwhelmed Juventus at the Principality Stadium to become the first team to retain the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990.

Even the hard decision of whether to recall Wales forward Gareth Bale for the final in his hometown was no problem for Zidane, who kept faith with Isco and watched his playmaker pull the strings impressively.

But Real took control of the game after the interval, with Brazilian midfielder Casemiro's deflected shot restoring the lead.

Three minutes later it was game over as Ronaldo netted his 12th goal in this season's tournament, moving him a goal clear of Messi, and 105th overall.

It was the culmination of a counterattack of breathtaking speed launched by Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Madrid also has Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale in the attack, although there have been rumors of a possible transfer involving them in the near future.