Saturday saw Real Madrid take their 12th victory in the UEFA Champions League final. The defending champions sealed a 4-1 win against Juventus. Under the management of Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid became the first club to retain the European title since AC Milan in 1990; a monumental achievement for the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo was named Man of the Match for the final, with a total of 12 goals for the Champions League. Although there is much debate surrounding Ronaldo’s ego, observing him play on the field proves his worth as one of the best footballers. He holds great technique and is able to place the ball exactly where he wants it. According to BBC Sport, there has been a huge debate between Ronaldo and Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi. However, this season proved to be in favour of Ronaldo with Cardiff affirming it.
Ronaldo responded to the Champions League feat by saying “It has been an incredible end to the season by us. We are the team to win [the Champions League] two years in a row and I scored two goals. It’s another record for us and the players deserve it, and so do I because I scored twice and I’m the top scorer in the Champions League.”
But Real Madrid cannot go unnoticed without manager Zinedine Zidane, who had back to back Champions league titles. He has moved from being an excellent player, to being an excellent coach. “He was a World Cup winner with France in 1998, won Euro 2000 and acquired legendary status at Real Madrid when he was man of the match in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen at Hampden Park” says BBC Sport.
BBC Sport adds that Zidane is proud of his achievements and managing Real Madrid as he says “I am a man of this house”.
“We know it is going to be even more difficult to win but we are now going to work very, very hard to win once again”
Zidane was further acknowledged on his motivational abilities as manager after Juventus seemed to dominate the first half. Ronaldo commented on Zidane’s half time address saying “Zinedine Zidane gave us a really positive half-time team talk. He really believed in us.”