Cristiano Ronaldo's year has been so incredible that it's almost unbelievable

Posted June 04, 2017

REAL MADRID boss Zidane has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player than he was in the build-up to this Champions League final.

"Zidane's speech (at halftime) was positive", Ronaldo said.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Real Madrid poacher missed out on 2017 European Golden Shoe award to arch-rival Lionel Messi. Madrid will get that chance on Saturday against Juventus, and Ronaldo will be leading the way.

Madrid are aiming to become the first team to win back-to-back title.

By following up on their Champions League triumph past year against Atletico Madrid, Real have also become the first European side to reach consecutive Club World Cups.

Then the fans inside the National Stadium of Wales, and millions watching at home, were treated to one of the truly great Champions League goals from Mandzukic.

Juventus, who have lost four finals since winning the tournament for a second time in 1996, are seeking to complete the first treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and European Cup crowns in their history.

Rodriguez wasn't used in either semi-final against Atletico Madrid, and played just seven minutes off the bench in the quarter-final first leg win over Bayern Munich. Mario Mandzukic scored Juventus' sole goal in the 27th minute. "Isco has had a great season and has grown a lot and makes Real Madrid more hard to read".

Mario Mandzukic's quite brilliant overhead kick had almost everyone watching the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid applauding.

"It was a good decision by me and by the coach, and I'm very happy with how it turned out", Ronaldo said.

"We hope not too many people were injured and we hope they get better soon".

One of the first things Navas' counterpart, Gianluigi Buffon, had to do was pick the ball out of his net. Karim Benzema picked up possession and passed to Ronaldo. It took a slight deflection of Leonardo Bonucci and went past Buffon. Could he match it?

Not to be outdone, Ronaldo tried overhead kick of his own but it was tame and easily blocked.

But it was a sign of Madrid slowly seizing control of the final on a stage it is so familiar with. In the 61st minute, Casemiro took a shot from a distance from where he has no right to score.