Real Madrid will enter the 2017/18 campaign as the reigning, defending, undisputed champions of European football once again after downing Italian giants Juventus 4-1 in the showpiece fixture of the season.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are the first to retain Europe’s top prize since AC Milan managed the feat in the late 80’s, and become the first to do so in the Champions League era.
A certain Portuguese phenomenon grabbed the headlines with his instinctual finishing, but it was an overall performance from Real Madrid that earned them their 12th Champions League crown.
Forced into some early saves from Higuaín and Pjanic, the latter of those two proving to be a huge confidence-booster after the Bosnian struck from outside the box. Helpless to stop Mandzukic’s wondergoal, but hardly tested following that moment.
Overlapped and outnumbered Juventus’ defence on the break for the opening goal, playing in Ronaldo for the assist. Committed five fouls, more than any other Real Madrid player, and was finally booked on 42 minutes. He also retained possession better than any other player on the pitch, holding a 95.9% passing accuracy ratio.
Kept his former teammate Higuaín quiet and controlled the back-line with confidence. Real Madrid were hardly fazed by Juventus following the equaliser, which is largely thanks to the defensive work of Ramos. Made four tackles, the second-most from Madrid players.
Composed under pressure and rock-solid in the tackle, Raphael Varane hardly put a foot wrong the entire game. Made just one foul, impressive considering the fluid attacking threats of Higuaín, Dybala and Mandzukic.
Had to be efficient with his forward movement considering Dani Alves was given complete freedom to roam on his flank, and did so expertly. Made two key passes, one of which was an assist for Asensio after beating Lemina in a one-on-one on the flank.
Scored after a huge deflection off Khedira, the moment that swung the momentum in favour of Madrid, but contributed so much more to Real’s overall performance.
Casemiro was a colossal screen ahead of the back four, making seven tackles, more than any other player on the pitch. Nullified Juventus’ central threat, particularly that from Dybala.
Dribbled with power and purpose in the build-up to the opener, and was heavily involved in Madrid’s control of the game. The German international completed 67 of his 73 attempted passes, more than anyone else on the pitch.
A typical display from the Croatian maestro, involved in almost everything Real Madrid did well. Wasn’t overly effective early on, as most of Real’s midfield took a while to get going, but completely ran the show alongside Kroos and Isco by the finish. Got an assist for Ronaldo’s second goal.
Maintained his spot in the starting line-up, a huge talking point heading into the game, and proved Zinedine Zidane right.
Played in by Modric just outside the box on 25 minutes for what could have been a one-on-one against Buffon, but couldn’t sort his feet out. Overall, he kept the ball well and put in a solid shift.
Only had one shot at goal, off target, all game, but worked hard to make space for others and link up the play.
Played Ronaldo in during the build-up to the opener and completed more dribbles than any other play, with four.
Has transitioned into a lethal goal-scorer capable of turning the switch at any given moment.
Clinical for the opener after the pull-back from Carvajal and timed his run into the box to perfection when Modric set up his second in the 64th minute.
Ronaldo did miss a few chances but his overall efficiency has suggested he will continue to play at the highest level well into his 30’s. Had 37 touches overall, the fourth-lowest out of the 20 starting outfield players, yet two of them proved decisive in collecting his fourth Champions League winners medal.