Less than 24 hours after his winning the second UEFA Champions League title of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has had a bit of time to reflect.
Ronaldo scored Real Madrid’s fourth and final goal in their stunning comeback win over crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday, as Real won their tenth European Cup. That extended their record as Europe’s elite club, even though their latest UCL crown took over twelve years to win.
Atletico took an early lead in Lisbon and up until the 92nd minute it looked as though Real would once again falter in their quest for the infamous “La Decima”.
Ronaldo believes that Real deserved to win their first UCL trophy since 2002, even though they left it late.
“It was an unbelievable night, to win La Decima [the club’s 10th European title] here in Portugal with a beautiful crowd,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports News in the mixed zone after the game. “It’s something we’ve been wanting for many, many years and I’m really pleased and happy. I think the team deserved it because we played better than Atletico Madrid. I always believed, but we know that to score in 92 minutes is a lucky moment but when you force the game all the time and you believe, it’s always more easy. I think we deserved to score four goals – we created so many chances and we had the ball all the time.”
Cristiano has a point.
Real had 20 shots to Atleti’s 11, the champions also had 9 shots to four on target and enjoyed 63 percent of the possession. Los Blancos blew away their city rivals in the second half and in overtime and in the grand scheme of things thoroughly deserved to win the UCL title. Atletico almost kept them at bay but one slip up from set piece allowed Sergio Ramos to equalize and the rest, as they say, is history.
It was Real’s players, including Ronaldo, who celebrated on the streets of the Spanish capital on Saturday night after their dominant display in the UCL final was rewarded. Just.