Madrid hailed as 'Masters of the Universe' after crushing Juve

Lynette Rowe
June 5, 2017

After seeing Lionel Messi and Barcelona reign with four titles in a decade, Cristiano Ronaldo's Madrid raised its game the last four seasons and again became the team to beat in the continent.

Here, we look at the numbers behind Ronaldo's remarkable feat.

On Saturday, both publications had openly expressed their desire for Juventus to win at the Principality Stadium but they acknowledged Madrid's triumph with more grace on Sunday.

Having been put under pressure in the first half against Juventus, Real came out a transformed and triumphant side in the second half to score three goals, and Modric put that down to Zidane.

Italian powerhouse Juventus quickly responded two minutes later when Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic executed an acrobatic volley to equalize.

A smiling Ronaldo, speaking to the press as he sat alongside Ferguson, described a season when they won the league and European Cup double for the first time in 59 years as "fantastic".

The post has now been liked by 1.9 million people and has Semedo wearing a Real Madrid shirt, seemingly signed by the star man himself.

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But goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo's second and substitute Marco Asensio rewarded an outstanding second-half effort from Real.

However, with Modric's steadying influence increasing, the tide turned in favour of Zinedine Zidane's side and they stormed to victory, firing more goals past Buffon than the three he had conceded in the rest of the tournament. Juve played very well in the first half, creating some opportunities, but in the second half we were very impressive.

'I'm not going to confirm that I'm going to stay here my whole life, that just doesn't happen.

Zidane, who helped Madrid win five different titles since taking over the squad in 2016, including the team's first Spanish league title in five years, has only one year left on his contract but is widely expected to stay.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon turns 40 during next season's competition and defender Andrea Barzagli was 36 last month.

'No I don't think Juve has reached the end of a cycle at all, ' Allegri said. I think it's the best second half we've had this season.

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