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Ronaldo beats Messi to become leading Champions trophy goal scorer

July 23 2018, 12:13 | Van Peters

Champions League glory a'huge step for Madrid youngster Asensio Getty Images

Champions League glory a'huge step for Madrid youngster Asensio

Ronaldo's goals in the final took him to 42 for the season, spearheading Real's first LaLiga and European Cup double since the 1957/58 campaign.

Jose Mourinho's side qualified for the competition last month after goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan helped seal victory in a 2-0 Europa League final over Ajax.

Speaking about the fixture, Mourinho claims it'll be an hour to face the best team in Europe.

A third Champions League win in four years has drawn comparisons to the great Real side that won the first five editions of the European Cup between 1955 and 1960. I did it and I shaved myself, ' he told Real Madrid TV.

The biggest applauses were for Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, who waved a Portuguese flag as he walked out in the spotlight toward his teammates waiting on a makeshift stage in the center of the pitch.

'I am very happy - an unbelievable season again.

"It's been a special season", said Ronaldo, who scored twice against Juventus to finish as the competition's top scorer for the fifth straight year.

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"It will be tough to do better than this year, because we could have done something truly incredible this season".

Ronaldo scored a brace, before Casemiro and Zinadine Zidane's late substitute Asensio scored in the dying minutes of the game and completely shattered Juventus's hopes of ever winning Champions league trophy, as they had previously lost it in the final to Barcelona.

"Every Real Madrid fan is so grateful to him, he lifted our level of talent when he arrived in 2001 and was the best player in the world".

Bale said ahead of the final that he was fully fit, but Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane opted to start with Francisco "Isco" Alarcon in his place. As for the rest what we're going to do now is enjoy what we've achieved and rest we'll see for next year.

"He (Zidane) is the only one to win two consecutive Champions Leagues", added Perez. You can always count on me'.

"My age is just a number, I feel like a young boy", 32-year-old Ronaldo said after being handed the man-of-the-match award by his former United manager Alex Ferguson. "The only criticism I could make is that after the second goal we should have stayed in the game mentally to make sure we still had chances".

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