Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo still dancing for joy

Gareth Bale lifts the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid beat Juventus in Cardiff

Zidane managed the Spanish club to a second successive Champions League crown with a commanding 4-1 win over Juventus on Saturday, adding to triumphs in the Spanish league, the Club World Cup, and the European Super Cup.

The Frenchman described his team's season as "spectacular".

"It's Madrid's third Champions League in four years and my third as a professional". We thought and we believed that this would be the right time", said the Italy defender."Unfortunately, that was not the case.

"We knew this season was going to be different". "Hopefully this team will last a long time".

The team is being feted by Madrid's regional government and town hall, before heading to meet thousands of fans gathered at a large square in the city center.

"The players have entered into the legend of Real Madrid and of football, as has our coach", said club president Florentino Perez, as he reserved special praise for Zinedine Zidane. He finally won the Champions League as a Madrid player in 2002, scoring an awesome volley in the final against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow, Scotland.

Italy great Buffon, 39, has now lost in three Champions League finals, after previous disappointments in 2003 and 2015, while Juve have lost in their last five European Cup finals, taking their tally of runner-up finishes to seven.

"This is what we are here for". We brought home two titles, doing something truly unique."A round of applause to you fans of the Old Lady, you were there, you always have been and always will be".

Ronaldo was handed the Man of the Match award by his former manager Alex Ferguson, a reminder of his early years as a devastatingly quick winger at Manchester United, with whom he won his first Champions League final, and of course scored.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was their shining light once again, scored twice, while Casemiro and Sergio Asensio were also on target as their opponents fell apart.

By introducing Casemiro in midfield a year ago the coach took a step in the right direction and Raphael Varane getting regular football in place of Pepe, who seems set to leave at the end of his contract, will also help. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad. I'm very happy - an incredible season, we've won trophies.

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