Real Madrid powered their way to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool to take their 13th Champions League title in Kyiv on Saturday. In this bid, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in the history to clinch five Champions League titles.
He surpassed Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and AC Milan’s Clarence Seedorf, who had won four titles. Ronaldo won the first title in 2007/08 for Manchester United. And then followed it up with four for Real Madrid.
Earlier, Gareth Bale came off the bench to score twice, including one of the all-time great goals in a Champions League final, as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1.
Bale's jaw-dropping overhead kick in the 64th minute put Real 2-1 up moments after his introduction, following a dramatic start to the second half in which Karim Benzema gave Real the lead as a result of a Loris Karius howler.
Jurgen Klopp's and Liverpool's own evening was marred by the loss of a distraught Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, the Egyptian coming off half an hour in having damaged his shoulder.
This was not to be Salah's night, with Real allowing Zinedine Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League three years in a row.
Madrid are the first team to achieve that feat since Bayern Munich in 1976. This is their fourth title in five years, and their 13th overall.