Cardiff: Real Madrid made history on Saturday as they became the first team to win back-to-back European Cups since the Champions League era began in 1992-93.
Zinedine Zidane’s side proved too powerful for Juventus, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice and Casemiro adding another as they dispatched the Italian champions 4-1.
Mario Mandzukic might have scored the goal of the match to draw Juve level before the break, but they were largely second best throughout at the Millennium Stadium and finished with 10 men as Juan Cuadrado was dismissed in the closing stages for clashing with Sergio Ramos. As the match moved into stoppage time, Sergio Asensio added a fourth to the Spaniards’ tally.
Los Blancos were given a rougher ride last season, when they edged Atletico Madrid on penalties to claim their 11th European Cup title, and they have had to wait only a year to secure their 12th. The Bernabeu side have, therefore, added to what was already a record number of victories in the competition.
The last time any team won successive European Cups was Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan, who won the competition in 1989 and 1990.