Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ballon d'or !

Ronaldo was voted man of the match as he reached 600 career goals with another brace against the Old Lady, either side of Mario Mandzukic's sublime equaliser that had put the game in the balance at half-time.

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.

Back home at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo took centre stage as he sung about his own candidacy for the Ballon d'Or, which he claimed ahead of Barcelona foe and five-time victor Lionel Messi a year ago.

As well as winning back-to-back Champions Leagues, Madrid also beat Barcelona to La Liga two weeks ago to complete a first league and European Cup double for 59 years.

"Every Real Madrid fan is so grateful to him, he lifted our level of talent when he arrived in 2001 and was the best player in the world".

"I am very happy - an fantastic season again".

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"It is something special we are doing at the moment and we need to keep going because this moment will not last forever", Modric said. I'd promised that, if we won the Champions League and I scored a goal, I'd do it.

One of Madrid's greatest players, Zidane was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti when Madrid won the Champions League in 2014.

"It's been a special season", said Ronaldo, who scored twice against Juventus to finish as the competition's top scorer for the fifth straight year.

Manager Zinedine Zidane praised his players after becoming the first manager to retain the European title since Arrigo Sacchi accomplished the feat with AC Milan in 1989 and 1990.

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