Luka Modric revels in Real Madrid's Champions League and La Liga success

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2017

Madrid became the first team to defend the European Cup successfully since Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan in 1990 and the first to achieve the feat since the competition relaunched as the Champions League in 1992.

On Saturday he made the difference yet again with two goals to help Real Madrid secure a third Champions League title in four years as they crushed Juventus 4-1 in a riveting final.

"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.

"We played very well in the first half".

"How long can it last?"

"This is one of the best jobs I've had to do!", the Scot said, and while there was a limited reaction from Ronaldo, you can be sure the words meant a lot to the former Sporting CP forward.

He added: "We can get even better. This is only a positive thing for the team".

However, everyone knows the quality he has and having won seven major honours with Madrid, including three European titles, you'd hardly call his time in Spain anything but stellar.

Ronaldo's 20th-minute opener was cancelled out by a stupendous Mario Mandzukic goal, the Croatian chesting down Gonzalo Higuain's volleyed lay-off and arcing a sublime volley over Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

"We are disappointed. We played very well in the first half, we thought we had enough to win the game", the 39-year-old said.

The praise spread further afield, with France's L'Equipe labelling the winners "Unreal Madrid", while Portugal's E Bola featured a picture of Ronaldo leaping in celebration with the headline "Jump to eternity".

"Real Madrid deserved to win in the second half".

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.

Modric created Ronaldo's second goal from the right wing, elegantly skipping towards the byline before pulling back the ball for Ronaldo to smash home and effectively kill the game.

"This season was incredible again, last season was fantastic".

Keeping up the historic theme, Marca columnist Jose Felix Diaz wrote that Madrid had won finals in many different ways throughout their history, but the second-half performance at the Principality Stadium was the best since the days of Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas in the 1950s.

"No I don't think Juve has reached the end of a cycle at all", Allegri said.

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