Buffon hails Madrid class after final heartbreak

Real are champions again as Ronaldo double sinks Juventus

Jose Mourinho's side won the Community Shield and EFL Cup before finishing the campaign with a 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final, a result that saw them lift the trophy for the first time and claim a place in next season's Champions League.

It's an incredible season for me and my team-mates to win the double.

"Zidane believes in us a lot", Ronaldo said.

"The squad has been great and it's been good for me individually, too".

"We played very well in the first half".

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 600 career goals for Real Madrid and country, including 105 in the Champions League, and has finished as the top scorer in the competition for the last 5 seasons. "It's been a brilliant season".

Now a four-time Champions League victor, Ronaldo finished as the competition's top scorer for the fifth season running, substantially enhancing his chances of matching fierce rival Lionel Messi's tally of five Ballon d'Or crowns.

"If our current team is complemented with new players, we'll be really competitive in the Champions League next year". Zidane's joy was his former club Juve's despair, Massimiliano Allegri's side crashing to a fifth successive defeat in Champions League finals and seventh in total, extending their own desperately unwanted record.

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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.

Ramos had made his mark in his previous two finals for the right reasons, heading in the 93rd-minute equaliser in 2014 against Atletico Madrid to save Madrid's skin and set up their 10th European triumph.

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

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. Karim Benzema picked up possession and passed to Ronaldo.

But within seven minutes, Ronaldo was shaking his head and scowling after seeing an equalizer of individual brilliance.

Leonardo Bonucci's raking pass was volleyed into the box by Alex Sandro and Gonzalo Higuain kept the ball airborne for Mandzukic to chest it up and send a looping volley over Keylor Navas.

His team's domination was verified after the break when Madrid went back in front - through Casemiro's strike that deflected off Sami Khedira - and this time the lead was retained. Juan Cuadrado was dismissed for Juve six minutes from time. And to compound their misery, Asensio beat Buffon again as the 39-year-old goalkeeper missed out on a first European title.

It was heartbreak again for Juve who let in more goals Saturday than the three they had conceded in the 12 games they played to reach the final.

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