Cristiano Ronaldo has able to look back on “an amazing season – again” having helped Real Madrid to back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles and been voted man of the match after becoming the first player to score in three finals.
The Portuguese star scored the first and third goals of Madrid’s latest triumph in Cardiff – his first goal the club’s 500th in the UEFA Champions League – and was named man of the match by the UEFA technical observers, who chose him “for his clinical and decisive finishing in an impressive Real Madrid team performance”.
Ronaldo was presented with his award by Sir Alex Ferguson, his manager when Manchester United won the 2008 final, who described honouring his former charge as “one of the best jobs I’ve ever had”. Nine years on from that success over Chelsea in Moscow – in which Ronaldo also found the net – he is now 32 but showing few signs of slowing down: ” I’m very happy, I’m motivated and my age is just a number. I feel like a young boy!” Christiano lamented
The final margin of victory may have been comfortable, but Ronaldo said: “It was a very even game. Juve played very well in the first half, created some opportunities, but in the second half Real Madrid were very impressive. I think this has been the best second half we’ve had to a season. The Champions League is always hard to win, especially against a team which had let in only three goals so far this season. “