Real Madrid : Thousands of fans troop out as UEFA Champions parade Trophy

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2017

Yet at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday, he joined the managerial immortals as Madrid's 4-1 rout of Juventus made him the first coach to win successive European Cups since the great Arrigo Sacchi of AC Milan in 1989 and 1990.

Real Madrid stormed to a 4-1 victory over Juventus to secure their third Champions League in four years but James Rodriguez can be forgiven for cutting a frustrated figure during the side's celebrations.

The second marker brought the four-time Ballon dOr victor to 600 goals for club and country, including a record 105 in the Champions League.

The Italians let in more goals on Saturday than the three they had conceded in the 12 games they played to reach the final as a much-vaunted Real attack versus Juve defence scenario went emphatically in Madrid's favour.

Madrid have been linked to a move for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe and the evergreen Ronaldo may have a new partner next season.

He used different formations and successfully resorted to rotating his players to keep them fresh at the important moments of the season, including Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rested like never before.

The 32-year-old was named Man of the Match of the final after scoring a brace to take his UCL tally for the season to 12 goals.

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This is the first time Real Madrid have the La Liga and Champions League double since 1958. That led to Zidane being described as a "lucky" coach, but if anything, it was a compliment - because the very best bosses have fortune on their side.

"Every Real Madrid fan is so grateful to him, he lifted our level of talent when he arrived in 2001 and was the best player in the world. Thanks to the determination we showed I'm so very happy".

"We feel we are an unbelievable team and need to just keep doing what we are doing because I think we can win many more titles in the future".

"No one did it [defending the Champions League] and we did it so you can say today is a truly historic day for all Madrid fans, for myself, for the whole [Madrid] family", he said.

He told the Mirror: "Manchester United in particular would be able to match - even better - his income were they to sign him, and there are no guarantees he will play week in, week out if he stays in Spain".

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