"Real can win many more titles in the future" insists Modric

"It was crucial for our performance in the second half". If somebody wins the Ballon d'Or and scores so many goals, obviously it's a big advantage.

- won three Champions League titles in four years, joining 1974-76 Bayern Munich (1974-76), Ajax (1971-73) and 1956-60 Real Madrid (1956-60) as teams that won three European Cups in four years.

Madrid's attacking brilliance proved too hard for Juventus to contain, giving Zinedine Zidane his second Champions League title in 18 months of top-flight management.

Once he's done with that, his Real Madrid side will play the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United and two games against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, all in August. "That is why he is already the best coach in the world".

"(Zidane) said that we need to be more aggressive, to not allow Juve to keep the ball easily like they did in the first half after our goal", Modric told reporters. There will be new players coming in as is always the case but I can guarantee that, as long as he's fit, he will play. "But I'm very grateful to this wonderful club for giving me this opportunity".

His side may have been destroyed 4-1, but Mario Mandzukic can look back fondly on this effort.

The Spanish champions were utterly dominant after the break, however.

"I can still promise one thing to our fans: We'll learn our lessons and be back again next season!" I'm very happy, it has been an wonderful season.

Only half of them would leave happy, however, and Real Madrid supporters appeared to be in store for another historic evening when Cristiano Ronaldo gave them an early lead against Juventus.

A smiling Ronaldo, speaking to the press as he sat alongside Ferguson, described a season when they won the league and European Cup double for the first time in 59 years as "fantastic".

In the latter stages of the campaign he improved and made some fine stops on the final day against Malaga to ensure his team lifted the title for the first time since 2012.

After another potent demonstration of Cristiano Ronaldo's enduring scoring prowess, surely no Real Madrid fan can contemplate criticizing him now.

"(Madrid) showed their class and the attitude needed to play in this kind of game", Buffon said after losing a third final.

Those two goals, scored just a few short minutes apart, exploited the one major tactical mistake that Allegri made in the match, and it completely knocked Juventus out of the match.

For all the talk of tactics, the threat posed by the Italian champions and the romantic notion of Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon finally claiming a Champions League winner's medal, Ronaldo yet again found a way to hog the headlines. "Then we will get some rest and later we will start thinking about next season".