Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to Champions League top scorer award

Lynette Rowe
June 4, 2017

CRISTIANO Ronaldo's brace helped Real Madrid retain the Champions League in surprisingly comprehensive fashion, wrapping up a historic 12th continental crown by overcoming Juventus in a memorable Cardiff showdown.

- Including the knockout stages, Real Madrid are the highest scorers at this year's competition with 35 goals.

Such is Ronaldo's incredible ability to write the headlines that nobody would dare dismiss the prospect of him doing exactly that in the Ukrainian capital in 12 months' time.

His career goal tally in club and global soccer now stands at 600.

The Frenchman recalled previous criticism when he said: "I don't want to say I'm very good because before I was scandalously bad as a coach and now I'm supposed to be the best".

While the Portugal captain Ronaldo scored the opening goal, the Italian side gave Real a scare by equalising the match within minutes of the first goal.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scores his second goal past Gianluigi Buffon. AC Milan were the last team to retain Europe's top prize when they won in 1989 and 1990.

Ronaldo had a chance to hit back, but he misjudged an attempted diving header from Isco's cross as an entertaining first half ended level.

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But since the 1992-93 season, when it was rebranded the Champions League, no team had been able to successfully defend its title.

At 32, Cristiano Ronaldo, says he feels like a young boy and is excited to make more wonders happen in Real Madrid.

Gonzalo Higuain worked Keylor Navas twice, while Miralem Pjanic's snappy half-volley forced the Madrid goalkeeper to produce a smart one-handed save. Karim Benzema picked up possession and passed to Ronaldo. The prolific No. 7 combined brilliantly with right-back Dani Carvajal on the break.

Mario Mandzukic equalised for Juventus with a spectacular overhead kick that will live long in the memory. It all started in 2013 when Mandžukić's Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund. But the magnificence evoked memories of another showpiece staged in the United Kingdom when Zidane volleyed into the top corner in Glasgow to help Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen.

Ronaldo, who scored his 600th career goal, is thrown into the air by his Real Madrid teammates.

Trying his luck from long-range, Casemiro saw his powerful pick up a wicked deflection from former Juve man Sami Khedira before finding its way past Gig Buffon and into the corner of the Juventus goal.

"Zidane was one of the best players to pass through Madrid and now he is showing that he knows how to manage the squad perfectly", adds Alvarez. The Croatian timed his cutback to perfection in the 64th to allow Ronaldo to ghost in between Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini and slot in at the near post.

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