Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice against Juventus in the Champions League final to net his 600th goal for club and country.
Ronaldo, 32, earlier became the only player alongside Alfredo Di Stefano to score in three different European Cup/Champions League finals. The Portugal winger scored in the 2008 final for Man United and the 2014 final for Real Madrid.
His second goal in Cardiff was his 105th in the Champions League, putting him well clear of Lionel Messi (94) at the top of the all-time scoring list. And it made him this season’s Champions League top scorer with 12.
“It was a spectacular end to the season with La Liga and the Champions League,” he told Mediaset Premium. “We’ve got another record, the first team to retain the Champions League and the top scorer in the tournament. What more could I ask?
“I will now try to make the most of this unique moment in my career and then prepare for international duty with Portugal. Another Ballon d’Or? We’ll see.”
The goal was also his 600th of all time. He has scored 406 goals in 394 games for Real Madrid; 118 in 292 for Manchester United; five in 31 for Sporting Lisbon; and also 71 in 138 games for his country, Portugal.
In total, his 600 goals have come from a remarkable 855 games.
Following their 2014 and 2016 successes, Madrid have now won three of the last four finals, and the Portuguese told beIN Sports that they were already thinking about adding another in Kiev in 12 months time.
“The objective is to win next season’s Champions League, it is not easy, but nothing is impossible,” Ronaldo said.
“Zidane’s half-time chat was positive. We believe a lot in ourselves, we know we are a very good team. In the second half we have shown we are very good. The [La Liga and European Cup] double is another record for all these players, who deserve it.”
Ronaldo’s 10 goals from the quarterfinal stage on saw him power past Lionel Messi to become the Champions League’s top scorer for a fifth successive season. He paid credit to Zidane’s rotation policy keeping him fresh for the final few months, and also had a quick word for his critics.
“I scored two goals, am the top scorer in the Champions League again,” Ronaldo said. “I have had a spectacular end to the season. I prepare for this. [Rotation] was a good option for me, from my coach, and I am very happy for how it has ended up.
“I am very happy as we are the first team to win two consecutive Champions Leagues, and scoring two goals. The people who always criticise Cristiano are going to have put their guitar back in its case.”
Los Blancos president Florentino Perez told Cadena Ser radio that nobody could now doubt that Ronaldo was set to win a fifth career Ballon d’Or this year.
“What can I say about Cristiano Ronaldo?” Perez said. “He should win his fifth Ballon d’Or now, nobody can argue with that, his end of the season has been spectacular.”
Real’s World Cup-winning midfielder Toni Kroos also hailed Ronaldo after the game: “Everybody knows that he is very important. As a team we played very good in the quarterfinals, semifinals and today but at the end you need a guy to score to win this title and he did.
“He was fantastic, this past few months.”