Ronaldo, Real repeat as champs
Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his enduring scoring qualities to ensure Real Madrid became the first Champions League holder to retain its title, netting twice in beating Juventus 4-1 Saturday at Cardiff, Wales.
Ronaldo is the first player in the 25 seasons of the Champions League era to score in three finals. His first goal was matched by Mario Mandzukic’s exquisite 27th-minute hook shot but it was the only high point for Juventus on a night when the Italian champion was outclassed in its quest for a first European title in 21 years.
Casemiro restored the Spanish champion’s lead in the 61st, Ronaldo turned in his 600th career goal at the near post three minutes later, and Marco Asensio wrapped up a recordextending 12th title in the 90th. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane won his second Champions League title in 18 months of management.