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Two-goal Ronaldo keeps Madrid kings of Europe

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Real Madrid's striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League final on June 3, 2017
Real Madrid's striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League final on June 3, 2017

Real Madrid’s striker Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League final on June 3, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio secured Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years and 12th in total.

Now a four-time Champions League winner, Ronaldo finished as the competition’s top scorer for the fifth season running, substantially enhancing his chances of matching eternal rival Lionel Messi’s tally of five Ballons d’Or.