Gareth Bale hoping to help make more history at Real Madrid


Madrid became the first side to ever retain the Champions League with their win over Juve, and Ronaldo became the tournament's outright all-time top goalscorer along the way - but for the four-time Ballon d'Or victor it seems there's just as much excitement reserved for smaller pleasures too. I can not explain why we played like we did in the second half.

When Juventus enjoyed spells of pressure in the first half, they largely held firm.

However, Zidane's side looked a different team in the second half, and the Frenchman has now revealed what he told his players at half-time.

Juventus retreated after the break, though, and Casemiro's deflected strike restored Real's lead on the hour before Ronaldo struck the killer blow three minutes later.

A handful of top players were left out of Real's squad for the Juve game.

"The only criticism I could make is that after conceding the second goal, we should have stayed in the game".

"But at the same time we know that next year is going to be much more difficult and we will have to work harder". If somebody wins the Ballon d'Or and scores so many goals, obviously it's a big advantage.

It is the second time Juve have finished runners-up in the space of three seasons, with Barcelona having beaten them 3-1 in 2015, while they now hold an unenviable record of having lost their last five Champions League finals.

"But I'm extremely happy and I'm very grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to coach these fantastic players".

"It's been an extraordinary season".

"Nobody has won two Champions League twice in a row and we did it", Zidane said. "I had a meeting with him and he told me I was going to be important to him if I got some points and I did it", the Spain global explained.

"We feel for what happened to the fans in Turin", he said.