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Champions League glory a huge step for Madrid youngster Asensio

19 June 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo helped inspire a convincing 4-1 win over Juventus at the Millennium Stadium as they made history in the progress and became the first ever team to defend the Champions League trophy.

Ronaldo's second goal in the game - a cross from Luka Modric which he finished superbly from a tight angle - was the 600th goal of his career.

Ronaldo is however a player who will always divide opinion and it is maybe no surprise that the supporters of Real Madrid's arch rivals have found a reason to criticise him.

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"The first half was even. Juventus came out strong".

A third Champions League win in four years has drawn comparisons to the great Real side that won the first five editions of the European Cup between 1955 and 1960. "It has been a spectacular year thanks to you", the Real coach said.

"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.

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"I can't say whether I'll stay for the rest of my life but I'm so grateful for the club for everything it has given me", Zidane told a news conference.

With his contract at the reigning champions of Spain set to expire it just over 12 months time, Isco admits he's keen to sort out his future as soon as possible despite being linked with moves to Liverpool and Barcelona. It's clear that these two players might feel like it's time to leave and play more minutes elsewhere but they were crucial at some point.

Although it was Real who opened the scoring through the clinical Ronaldo, the first half belonged to Juventus and, specifically, Mario Mandzukic, whose stunning overhead strike leveled the match for the Italians.

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Champions League glory a huge step for Madrid youngster Asensio