- Title: Best Reuters' material on dramatic day of Champions League final
- Date: 4th June 2017
- Summary: MADRID, SPAIN (JUNE 3, 2017) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** MAIN SQUARE IN MADRID FANS CELEBRATE IN MADRID CARDIFF, WALES, UK (JUNE 3, 2017) (REUTERS) CRISTIANO RONALDO AND FORMER MANAGER ALEX FERGUSON WITH MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD (SOUNDBITE) (English) REAL MADRID PLAYER, CRISTIANO RONALDO, SAYING: "Well it is not a moment to speak about that, I speak already a few times about that the most important is that I did, again, amazing season. Me and my team-mates, we win the double. I think the people don't have words to criticise because the numbers don't lie, you know, to speak about myself, individual, I don't need to speak because the numbers don't lie. I am very happy, amazing season again, we win trophies and of course it is one of the best moments in my career. I have the opportunity to say that every year, that is true, this year was amazing again, last year was amazing too so it's great. Now I have two, three days off to rest and after that we have a qualified game for Portugal and we have the Confederations Cup. Long season, but I am motivated, I am happy, good moment and my head is just a number, I feel like a young boy." SOUNDBITE (Spanish) REAL MADRID MANAGER ZINEDINE ZIDANE SAYING ON IT BEING AN HISTORIC DAY: "There is no doubt whatsoever. As you said no one had achieved that before and we managed to do it. So you can say that today is a truly historical day. For all Madrid fans and all the players, for me, for our big family. But having said that, you know how things are. Next year is going to be even more difficult. We are going to have work very, very hard to win once again. But today we can say we are a very good team and we deserved to win La Liga and the Champions League, which was not easy to do." (SOUNDBITE) (English) REAL MADRID FORWARD, GARETH BALE, SAYING: "Yes, definitely it's one of those, as I said, it's a very special moment for me to... I don't think many players have won a Champions League in their home city where they were born, so yes it's a great memory to have." JUVENTUS MANAGER MASSIMILLIANO ALLEGRI AT NEWS CONFERENCE SOUNDBITE (Italian) JUVENTUS MANAGER MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI SAYING: "I'd just like to say that we feel for what happened to our fans in Turin. There was an incident there and we're hoping that not too many people were injured seriously and we're hoping that they get better very soon." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 18th June 2017 02:07
- Keywords: JUVENTUS REAL MADRID CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
- Location: CARDIFF, WALES, UK/MADRID, SPAIN/TURIN, ITALY
- City: CARDIFF, WALES, UK/MADRID, SPAIN/TURIN, ITALY
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0036JQ34N3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1 in a memorable Champions League final full of attacking verve and brilliant goals on Saturday (June 3) as the Spaniards won the title for the third time in four years and 12th in all.
Portugal forward Ronaldo hit Real's first and third goals to become only the second man to score in three European Cup finals and take his career goal tally to 600 for club and country.
Few of those will have matched Mario Mandzukic's spectacular overhead equaliser for Juventus, which was eventually in vain for the Italian side who had the best of the first half before being swept aside in the second.
A long-range deflected effort by Casemiro and a neat finish by the irrepressible Ronaldo within four minutes effectively settled one of the most entertaining finals for years, with a late tap-in by substitute Marco Asensio adding the gloss.
The victory means Real are the first team to successfully defend the trophy in the Champions League era. AC Milan were the last team to retain Europe's top prize when they triumphed in 1989 and 1990.
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