CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID

Real Madrid Training Session and Press Conference

Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Gareth Bale (R) listen to Zinedine Zidane manager of Real Madrid.

 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: REAL MADRID

Mighty La Liga giant club Real Madrid face Liverpool Fc in 2018 Champions League Final


The road to Kiev is set for thousands of avid Liverpool and Real Madrid fans who are attending Saturday's Champions League Final in Ukraine. Ahead of the battle to be named "Kings of Europe", Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane talked with the press today at Real Madrid City at Open Media Day. Zidane spoke candidly about his side’s upcoming Champions League final with Liverpool in Kiev. Top, last minute, 150% guaranteed football tickets for the Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool are still for sale securely online from LiveFootballTickets.com!

 

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“I don't know how much our rivals want this, but what I can assure you of is the desire that this club has, it never goes away. No one can say we don't have that same hunger. We're Real Madrid and that is what we're about. We always strive for more and we will give it our all,” said Whites coach Zidane. “Our experience will not give us any edge at all. It's a football match and we have to show that we want to win it.”


Zidane was asked if his men want the Champions League trophy as much as Liverpool do.

 

“Real Madrid always look to win, but you can't always count on it. The important thing for us is to show our drive and ensure we don't slip up. You need setbacks in life if you want to improve. We are ready for the game. How can anyone think we have less hunger than our rivals? That is not true. They are going to throw everything at us and we know that. They had a great season and things can get tricky at any time. There are no surprises and both teams know each other really well. They are a good team, they made it to the final and they deserve to be here just like us. We must prepare for the game, look at our opponent’s flaws and try to hurt them. It is one match and we are both playing away from home. We are ready and experience will not give us any edge at all. It's a football match and we have to show that we want to win it. It's a final. We both want to win the trophy. Winning last year is irrelevant and so is the fact they have not reached the final for 11 years. We want to see a great football match and we are going to give it everything. It is always like that.”

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

“It is brilliant just to get to the final itself because it is never easy. Winning two Champions League finals was spectacular, we had to suffer. In the knockout stages, you have to play against the best in Europe and that has a certain important value, especially if you cast your memory back over the tough season we have had”, added Zidane. “We are in the final and we have four days to prepare for it. The hardest part is getting into the final. It has been complicated this year and winning away from home never means the tie is dead. This time we will fight to the death”.


Zidane talked about his experience as a manager and former footballer.


"I know how things work in the dressing room and sometimes the magic doesn’t happen if they do not get along. Perhaps you can still win trophies, but to win regularly you need a good, united dressing room. My players get along well. They work very well together and just that talent alone is not enough. Without hard work, you cannot win. They have that raw talent and also the work ethic. It is not simply that it is the third final in a row. I have a group of incredible players. When I was a player I did not what being on the bench was like, but it must be hard," said Zidane. “I spent 17 or 18 years as a player, worked with many coaches and some gifted players with the ego to match. I know very well how players think and that is important for a coach, but that's not the only thing. That will not win you games, you need grit and a philosophy."

 

"Tactically I'm not the best coach, the press say it themselves, but I have the drive and passion and that means a lot. It was much easier for me as a player,” continued Zidane. “You all know what I do well and badly. I am so passionate about football. Every now and then things give me a headache but that is the life of a coach. The people on the bench are also very important. The players that do not start cannot think they will not feature at all because from the bench my players can make a real difference and be the game changer. I want everyone switched on. That's why I am not saying now who plays because that can damage a footballer."

 

"I’ve been here for almost three years. There has not been a specific moment that stands out. If I have to highlight something it is the day to day work. If you look at how we work, despite the difficulties we’ve come across, we deliver, we have the enthusiasm needed and the desire to always give it our best. I always remain positive. My parents taught me that. If you think you're going to fail then you most likely will. You must always stay positive”.

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Zidane was asked about the fitness of “top dog” Cristiano Ronaldo, and about CR7’s relationship with Benzema.


“A player can go through some hard times, but when he does not score he does not get wound up. He knows that the next game he could maybe score two or three goals. That is what happened this year. That's what makes him the best. There are players that do not thrive under pressure but some do thrive. He is one of those that do. The more you criticize him, the more you should beware. I am a quiet person and in the end, it is better to have Cristiano Ronaldo by your side because he shows year in year out that he is top dog. He will be vital because he is the best there is”.

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Cristiano Ronaldo who won his fifth Ballon d'Or in 2017 said, “My motivation is still intact, I strive to get better every day.”

“I don't know what it is exactly, but I know these kinds of things don't happen all the time. You can get great players who do not link up well, but they do. When a group works hard and connects well it is a great thing. All of the work we do throughout the week is what fosters such a strong link,” said Zidane about the Cristiano Ronaldo-Benzema link.

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Superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

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Cristiano Ronaldo exercises with Real Madrid teammates under the guidance of their head coach Zinedine Zidane during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at Valdebebas training ground on May 22, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

Zidane was also asked about the fitness of Welshman Gareth Bale and his line-up.

“He is doing well, he scored plenty of goals and has found real continuity, especially in terms of regular training. He did well in the run-in, scoring goals and performing well,” said Zidane about Bale. "I'm not going to tell you. You’ll see soon enough. They can’t all play, some of my players are set and some are not going to play at all. That's the hardest thing: to reach the final and know that you're not going to get any game time. "

Ahead of the Champions League Final clash with Liverpool, Zidane talked about his respect for Liverpool boss Jergen Klopp.

“He is a great coach, he showed that at Dortmund and he continues to impress with Liverpool, which is paramount. I have loads of respect for him, he is an expert coach”.

   

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Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich in semis first leg

Match Report

Champions League semi-finals: Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid

Bayern Munich goal: Kimmich (28' minutes)

Real Madrid goals: Marcelo (44' minutes), Asensio (57' minutes)

Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid side inflicted German champions Bayern Munich first home defeat of the season while winning 2-1 at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena in the first leg of their Champions League semifinals tie moving towards a third successive Champions League crown. Goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio gave Real Madrid a one-goal lead for the return leg at the Bernabeu after Joshua Kimmich's opener for Bayern. Marcelo's third Champions League goal of the campaign started Real's fightback.

"How do they do it?" said football analyst and former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin. "They weren't brilliant - they have some incredible individual players. But you watch some other teams and you are blown away by them as a collective. But for Real there is nothing spectacularly special out there apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, maybe Marcelo, and the rest of them are very good players playing quite well. I really can't tell you how they do it. They survive with a bit of luck, Bayern had a load of chances, but Real somehow find a way."

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said: "Real know how to get the job done. There's a ruggedness about them. And they have individuals who can turn games in an instant."

"I think if we had won 5-2, Real couldn't have had many complaints," said Bayern defender Niklas Sule.

Toni Kroos says Real's individual quality was key in the decisive points in the match.

"We have to be there at the important moments, we were," said the Germany international.

Real have lost twice in their Champions League campaign to date, a 3-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in November then scraping through to an aggregate win in spite of a 3-1 reverse on home turf against Juventus in the last eight.

Next Bayern have to overturn a goal deficit to book a spot in the final against either Liverpool or Roma on 26 May. Bayern have fallen at the semi-finals in three of the past four seasons, and manager Jupp Heynckes was left wondering what might have been with Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery all missing good chances.

"We had so many chances, it was strange. I've never seen us have so many chances in a semi-final, especially against a team like Real Madrid," he said. "We simply weren't clinical enough and we gifted Real their goals.”

Bayern were missing goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, defender David Alaba and midfielder Arturo Vidal, while center-back Jerome Boateng and winger Arjen Robben were forced off early.

"We want to do whatever it takes to put this result right next week. It's our duty. We didn't deserve to lose today, so I'm confident."

German football writer Archie Rhind-Tutt asked, "I would also ask how well Bayern are playing this season? They have won the Bundesliga by a country mile but have not really raised their level when they have had to win. I wonder how much of a difference that made tonight? The standard has dropped ever since Pep Guardiola left Bayern, in terms of the standards of their performances. If you talk to their fans, they would say that they have not seen the same football since he left. Bayern would play teams off the park for the entirety of games. They miss him."

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Squads

Bayern Munich

Ulreich, Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Rafinha, Javi Martinez, Robben, Muller, Rodriguez, Ribery, Lewandowski. Subs: Starke, Wagner, Sule, Thiago, Bernat, Rudy, Tolisso.

Real Madrid

Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Lucas, Ronaldo, Isco. Subs: Casilla, Vallejo, Benzema, Bale, Hernandez, Asensio, Kovacic.

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Oldenzaal)

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European champions Portugal celebrated their 2-0 viictory of Switzerland in Lisbon that saw the Portuguese titan club qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer. The World Cup qualifying stages are drawing to a close, and to date it is already determined that twenty-three teams will definitely feature in the upcoming December 2017 draw for World Cup Russia 2018, some teams could still make it, and other teams will definitely miss out.

Of the 23 clubs of the 32 teams that will contest next summer's World Cup final have already secured their qualification spots are Russia, Brazil, Itan, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, England, Poland, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, Spain, France, Portugal, Panama, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia. Buy Russia World Cup Tickets for England, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, France and more now!

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Costa Rica reached their 4th World Cup finals with a game remaining from their CONCACAF qualification group. Nigeria is the first team from Africa to reach Russia. Nigeria have missed only one tournament, Germany 2006, since qualifying in 1994 for the first time. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah scored twice to send the North Africans to their first World Cup Finals since 1990. Iceland qualified for their 1st World Cup, giving Croatia a guaranteed place in Russia. Serbia qualify as winners of Group B. World Cup winners in 2008, Spain qualified as Group G winners finishing five points ahead of Italy. France qualified as winners of Group A. Portugal defeated Switzerland in their final qualification game to go through to next summer's finals. Panama reached their first World Cup ever after defeating Costa Rica in the final group game of their qualification campaign. Argentina superstar Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in his side's final qualification game to secure their spot in the World Cup Russia finals. Urugua finished second to Brazil in their group to secure a spot in the finals. Colombia took the fourth and final automatic qualification spot in the South American group.

Hosts Russia qualified when they won the chance to host the competition back in Dec 2010. Brazil, CONMEBOL round robin winners, qualified in March 28, 2017. Iran, quaqlified as AFC third round group A winners. Japan qualified as AFC third round group B winners. South Korea qualified as runners-up to Iran in Group A. Saudi Arabia qualified as runners-up in Group B. Mexico qualified as North and central America and Caribbean round 5 winners. Belgium qualified as Uefa group H winners.. Germany secured their place as Group C winners after beating Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast. Gareth Southgate's England side beat Slovenia at Wembley Stadium in London to secure their spot in Russia as winners of Group F. Poland became the fourth European team to qualify.

Teams that could still qualify

Europe 

The top team in each of the nine groups below qualifies to go to Russia, with the eight best runners-up going into four play-offs. The four winners of the two-legged play-offs will qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals games in Russia, making a total of 13 teams.

Group A

Qualified: France
Play-off spot: Sweden
Eliminated: Belarus, Bulgaria, Holland and Luxembourg

France secured their ticket toe the World Cup finals after Didier Deschamps's side beat Belarus in the final game of their qualification campaign in Paris, while Sweden took the play-off spot.

Belarus, Bulgaria, Holland and Luxembourg all failed to qualify.

Group B

Qualified:Portugal
Play-off spot: Switzerland
Eliminated: Andorra, Faroe Islands, Hungary and Latvia

European champions Portugal beat Switzerland 2-0 in Lisbon to progress to the World Cup finals as winners of Group B, while the Swiss must go into the play-offs after finishing second on the same points as Fernando Santos's side.

Andorra, Faroe Islands, Hungary and Latvia failed to qualify. 

Group C

Qualified:Germany
Play-off spot: Northern Ireland
Eliminated: Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Norway and San Marino

Holders Germany qualified with 30 points having won all 10 of their games in Group C while Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland side claimed a play-off place leaving them just 180 minutes away from their first World Cup finals for 32 years.

Neither Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Norway or San Marino will be in Russia for the World Cup.

Group D

Qualified: Serbia
Play-off spot: Ireland
Eliminated: Austria, Georgia, Moldova and Wales

Serbia finished top of their group with 19 points, leapfrogging Wales at the last. Chris Coleman's 'golden generation' failed to reach a play-off place after losing to Ireland at home in their final match of the qualifying campaign. James McClean's strike was enough to send Martin O'Neill's team through to the play-offs.

Austria, Georgia and Moldova all also missed out on qualifying for the finals.

Group E

Qualified:Poland
Play-off spot: Denmark
Eliminated: Armenia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Romania

Poland qualified with 25 points having dropped points in just two games while Denmark managed to take the play-off spot ahead of Montenegro who joined Armenia, Kazakhstan and Romania in being eliminated.

Group F

Qualified:England
Eliminated: Lithuania, Malta, Scotland, Slovakia and Slovenia

England qualified for Russia following an unbeaten – though largely uninspiring – qualifying campaign in which they won eight games and drew twice.

Group G

Qualified: Spain
Play-off spot: Italy
Eliminated: Albania, Israel, Liechtenstein and Macedonia

Spain, the 2010 winners, qualified with a game remaining while Italy claimed a play-off spot. Albania, Israel, Liechtenstein and Macedonia all failed to qualify.

Group H

Qualified: Belgium
Play-off spot: Greece
Eliminated: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia and Gibraltar

Belgium were the first European team to qualify with 22 points from eight games while 2004 European champions Greece guaranteed a play-off spot after beating Gibraltar 4-0 in their final game of their qualification campaign.

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia and Gibraltar all failed to qualify.

Group I

Qualified:Iceland
Play-off spot: Croatia
Eliminated: Finland, Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine

Iceland got the job done and qualified for their first ever World Cup by beating Kosovo – who have earned just one point – 2-0 in their final match of the group. Croatia claimed a play-off spot. Finland, Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine did not.

Play-off spots

"The eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs to decide the remaining four European berths," according to FIFA. There are nine teams vying for eight play-off spots, with records determined by removing results against the teams that finished bottom of each group. A draw takes place in Oct to determine opponents.  The two-legged ties take place in early Nov. The winners of the four ties go to Russia next summer. 

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Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring the opening goal past Andorra goalie Josep Gomes during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at the Estadi Nacional on October 7, 2017

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Cristiano Ronaldo is on top of Forbes' football's rich list, with the 20 highest paid football players making around $563 million between them. European football's top 20 highest earners earned $563 million over the last campaign, with Cristiano Ronaldo topping Forbes' rich list again. Real Madrid's Ronaldo reportedly earned $82m in wages and endorsements. That put him ahead of Barcelona arch-rival Lionel Messi ($77m), with former PSG star - Manchester United’s injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic third at $37m. Eight giant clubs are represented on the list, with Premier League club Manchester City with four players. Spanish La Liga champions Real Madrid, named by Forbes as the richest club in the world four years running, have three players on the list, with Gareth Bale ($34m) in fifth and James Rodriguez ($21m) 11th. Rodriguez now features for Bayern Munich. No player from Italy Serie A was on the list, while there are 10 men named to the list from English clubs displaying the English Premier League's financial clout in European football. Notably, Ronaldo's earnings surpassed the combined total of the Premier League's leading trio of Wayne Rooney ($26m), Sergio Aguero ($24m) and Eden Hazard ($22m). 

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THE UEFA PLAYER-OF-THE-YEAR SHORTLIST

1. Leo Messi (Argentina, Barcelona)

2. Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid)

4. Luka Modric (Croatia, Real Madrid)

5. Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)

6. Paulo Dybala (Argentina, Juventus)

7. Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)

8. Kylian Mbappé (France, Monaco)

9. Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Bayern Munich)

10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Manchester United)

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Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus

Real Madrid goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (20’min, 63’min); Casemiro (61’min), Asensio (90’min)

Juventus goals: Mandzukic (27’min); Cuadrado (Dismissed at 83’min)

Real Madrid superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for his giant Spanish La Liga club as Real Madrid retained the Champions League trophy they won last season in grand style by overwhelming titan Italian Serie A side Juventus in Cardiff, Wales. The victory was Real Madrid’s 12th in the prestigious European tournament and an amazing 3rd in 4 seasons. Ronaldo has now scored in three different Champions League finals as he again earned his match-winner reputation.

Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid as he swept in Dani Carvajal's pass at 20 minutes, before Juve’s Mario Mandzukic leveled, sending a sublime overhead kick past Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas. After the break, Real Madrid restored their lead through Casemiro's deflected shot making the score 2-1 before Ronaldo scored at the near post from a cross by Luka Modric to make it 3-1 as Real pulled well ahead of Juventus.

Juve sub Juan Cuadrado was sent off for a second caution after a clash with Sergio Ramos before Los Blancos sub Marco Asensio delivered a precise finish in the last minute. Final score Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues and this season's Soanish La Liga title since taking charge in January 2016.

Match hero Ronaldo showed off his superior skills in the match. But early in the match, he complained to German referee Felix Brych about the rough treatment he was receiving from Juve.

Ronaldo earned his third Champions League winners' medal for Spanish club Real Madrid and fourth in total counting his medal for Manchester United, as the 32-year-old superstar striker continues to impress and break records. In Cardiff, Ronaldo’s performance demonstrated the skills that make him a winner including speed, mindfulness, aggression, pace, desire, anticipation, and technique as a key player that helped Real overwhelm the Juventus defense.

Ronaldo's first goal went past the outstretched right arm of Juventus goalie Gianluigi Buffon. Ronaldo’s second goal showed the touch of a poacher. The Portugal captain now has a remarkable record of 105 goals in 140 Champions League games with 12 goals in 13 games this season.

Real Madrid gave their fans the performance of a world-class team, ripping apart the Juve defense that has a reputation as one of football's toughest and did not concede a goal in either leg of their quarter-final win against Barcelona, stopping Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez.

Juventus performed with such success in this Champions League tournament in the run-up to the final game, and many experts had them as favorites to win the silverware. However, Juve was heavily beaten by a tough and gifted Real Madrid. Real survived a whirlwind Juventus opening before taking control after the break, with Modric and Toni Kroos keeping possession in midfield and Ronaldo scoring goals.

Juventus were fit en route to this final. Massimiliano Allegri's Juventus side fought hard but their formidable defense and a potent attack led by Gonzalo Higuain could not stop Real Madrid. Juve was in the game after Mandzukic's sublime overhead kick was the equalizer, but they faded badly in the second half. Juve goalie Gigi Buffon became a three-time loser at 39 years. The agony on Buffon’s face was apparent as he tried in vain to stop Casemiro's long-range shot, which was deflected tantalizingly out of his reach off Sami Khedira's heel. Juve has now lost five Champions League finals since they last won the competition in 1996.

Cristiano Ronaldo was named “Man of the Match” writing history at the Millennium Stadium as he scored in his third different Champions League final. Ronaldo has scored in three different Champions League finals (2017, 2014 and 2008), more than any other player. Ronaldo has scored his 600th goal in all competitions for club and country.

Zinedine Zidane is the first manager to win back-to-back European Cup-Champions League trophies since Arrigo Sacchi with AC Milan (1989, 1990). Real have won their last six European Cup finals, last losing one in 1981 against Liverpool. Real became the first team in Champions League history to score 500+ goals (503 goals total).

Champions League Final Squad

Juventus

Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Alves, Sandro, Pjanic, Khedira, Dybala, Mandzukic, Higuain. Subs: Neto, Benatia, Lichsteiner, Cuadrado, Marchisio, Lemina, Asamoah

Real Madrid

Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Kroos, Benzema, Ronaldo. Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Bale, Kovacic, Asensio, Morata, Danilo

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

Gareth Bale made Welsh football history with his third Champions League title. Wales star Bale returned from a calf injury as a 77th-minute substitute. After Real Madrid’s victory, Bale lifted the Champions League trophy in his home city of Cardiff after the game. After the match, Bale told the media that he is 'happy' to stay and wants more trophies at Real Madrid. Bale says he is happy at Real Madrid and has committed his future to the Champions League winners.The 27-year-old, who signed a deal with Los Blancos until 2022, has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu. The former Tottenham Hotspur player joined Real in 2013 for a then world record fee of £85m.

"We are winning trophies and I am happy. I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid," said Bale. "My family is happy and I am happy, so yes we will continue what we are doing. It's the reason why I came to Real Madrid - to win trophies.”

“We're enjoying winning them at the moment, so we'll continue to do so," Bale added. "Three Champions Leagues in four seasons isn't too bad. I think we can get better. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad."

Gareth Bale was injured in Lisbon playing for Real Madrid in the Champions League in November 2016. Bale was happy to play in the final in his home city despite still being troubled by an ankle injury. Bale had surgery in November and suggested that without the Cardiff final in his sights he may have opted for a second operation.

"It's been difficult with my ankle this year," Bale said. "I obviously came back way too early from my surgery and I suffered a bit. We were considering more at one point, but I've worked tirelessly hard to get back and to get ready for this game. I need to go on holiday and rest and come back stronger next season - mainly for my ankle just to get it properly recovered. Then I'll obviously do some work in the off-season to get it stronger and ready for next season so I'll be firing on all cylinders."

Bale replaced Karim Benzema with Real leading 3-1 thanks to two Ronaldo goals and a long-range strike from Casemiro.

"I was just happy to get on for the last few minutes," Bale said. "We just had to go for it. It's always cagey in a final but we're happy with the win. To play a final in your home city is incredible, but to win it is even better a great experience. Cardiff has held an incredible event and we've literally not had a problem since we've been here; it's been immaculate. I don't think many players have won the Champions League in their home city where they were born, so it's a great memory to have."

Bale became the first Welshman to win the trophy three times - he also won it with Real last season and in 2014. Bale is the sixth player to win the Champions League or European Cup in his home city.

Bale is suspended for Wales' World Cup qualifier in Serbia on 11 June and will rest over the summer in a bid to regain full fitness, having also suffered calf problems along with his ankle injury.

"It's very disappointing, to be honest, but I'll be cheering on the boys," Bale added. "We always stick together, work as a team. We're never scared to battle and fight."

What's Next

Real Madrid will face Manchester United at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California; Manchester City in Los Angeles, California at LA Memorial Coliseum; and their arch-rivals Barcelona at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida in July in the exciting International Champions Cup in the United States. Then 2016-17 Champions League winners Real Madrid will play Europa League winners Manchester United in the 2017 Uefa Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia, on 8 August.

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Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during UEFA Champions League final football matches with Real Madrid on June 3, 2017, on May 24, 2014 and with Manchester United on May 21, 2008. .Cristiano Ronaldo on June 3, 2017, became the first footballer to score in three Champions League Final matches.

Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale vies with Juventus' Brazilian defender Dani Alves

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring their fourth goal

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