Buffon vows to take one more shot at winning Champions League


Thousands of delirious Real Madrid fans poured onto the streets of the Spanish capital to catch a glimpse of Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates on Sunday as they paraded the Champions League trophy for a record 12th time.

The Serie A champions were beaten 4-1 by Real Madrid, as goals from Casemiro, Marco Asensio and a Cristiano Ronaldo double saw Zinedine Zidane's side become the first team to retain the trophy in the competition's modern format.

"To win this at home is a great feeling".

For Sporting, his first club.

The Galaticos took the game by the scruff in the second half, pinning the Old Ladies in their half for most of the opening minutes.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has expressed his disappointment at losing the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday. The late Argentine scored in a record five finals between 1956 and 1960.

Smoke from the pyrotechnics hung high when play finally got under way, with Juventus flying out of the blocks and moving the ball around with confidence and authority.

Madrid drew first blood in the 20th minute when Ronaldo flicked the ball wide to Dani Carvajal before artfully sweeping the Spaniard's return pass into the bottom-left corner via a nick off Leonardo Bonucci.

It was worth the wait.

The speed and quality of the move was outstanding, with Ronaldo celebrating in front of the Juve fans with typical flamboyance.

But Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri said it was not the end of the road for his side.

Although it was Real who opened the scoring through four-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo, the first half belonged to Juventus and, specifically, Mario Mandzukic, whose stunning overhead strike leveled the match.

Real Madrid were thoroughly dominant in the second period, attacking with verve and dominating proceedings from the off.

Isco directed wide as the Spaniards continued to threaten to score a goal that arrived in the 61st minute.

His second on Saturday, to make it 3-1 in the 64th minute, put the game beyond Juve and made him top scorer in this season's Champions League with 12 goals - one more than Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who he is constantly compared to.

Modric hooked the ball back from the byline with outstanding precision, with Ronaldo getting ahead of his man to direct home at the near post.

A last-ditch challenge prevented him getting on the end of a Ronaldo cross, with Sandro heading wide at the other end.

Here was a manager who could match them medal for medal and they quickly responded to his leadership.

The highest-scoring Champions League game this season took place between Germany's Borussia Dortmund and Poland's Legia Warsaw on November 22.