Sheffield Wednesday favourite celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo after Champions League victory

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.

Bale, who has been recovering from a niggling ankle injury, got 13 minutes as a substitute after replacing Karim Benzema up front.

Here's a look at the key stats that reveal why Cristiano Ronaldo is such a prolific footballer and Real Madrid such a dominant side. I'm also lucky to be part of this club and with this squad.

"Winning again adds to the history of this club". I'm very happy - an wonderful season, we've won trophies. And Bale believes the current team has taken its place among the great Real sides of the past.

"What an incredible scene, the stadium is incredible and the city did an immaculate job in hosting such a great event", the Welshman, who picked up his third Champions League winners' medal, said as the celebrations began.

'There's always a first for everything.

'I've worked double sessions for three, four weeks to get myself ready for this, to get myself fit, recover from the surgery - which still has a little more healing to do - but I will be able to rest in the summer, do some more rehab and then come next season stronger.




'We have to be in that category [of greatness]. "We didn't have possession", Zidane told reporters.

As fans celebrating on the streets of Cardiff proudly sang "Somos los reyes de Europa (We are the kings of Europe)", a traditional team chant, it was only fitting that one of the dignitaries congratulating players in the changing rooms was Spain's former King Juan Carlos. One player nearly certainly to leave is James Rodriguez, who arrived amid high expectations after the 2014 World Cup but didn't get a lot of playing time under Zidane.

'We are strong at the moment.

One of Bale's team-mates at Real, Alvaro Morata has hinted at a move away from the club.

Beyond his assist, the 31-year-old's elegance on the ball, his eye for a pass and capacity for making the right decisions, helped to open up angles for Real Madrid to hit Juventus time after time on the break.

"It's been a hard season, so I understood the circumstances", he said.

Throughout an incredible playing career that brought him fame and fortune, Zidane remained a reluctant hero, even when he became the idol of a nation by starring in France's 1998 World Cup triumph.

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