The Champions League final was held to a 1-1 draw, with goals by Real captain Sergio Ramos and an equalizer from Atletico’s Carrasco, after which it moved to penalties.
With Real leading 4-3 in penalties, Atletico defender Juanfran became the unfortunate man responsible or his team’s debacle, missing his shot and hitting the post instead. This allowed for a lightning strike by Cristiano Ronaldo, who fired home to win the match for Real, ripping off his shirt in trademark celebratory style as his teammates joyfully rushed towards him.
For Real coach Zinedine Zidane, who has been in charge since January of this year, it was a double celebration – he has now won the trophy as both player and coach for the club.
Zidane, who took over from Rafael Benitez, has been credited with inspiring the team, which did not get on too well with Benitez. The players praise Zidane for creating an environment of positivity and encouragement, combined with unstinting hard work which has crowned them champions yet one more time.