Real Madrid defeated city rivals, Atletico, 5-3 on penalty shot out to win their 11th Champions League title on Saturday night.
For all the numbers of Real Madrid consistent goal-plundering, it could be argued that Ronaldo was without a career-defining moment in a showpiece game. At 31, his best remaining chance may have been this night in Milan, but he looked likely to settle for the least Ronaldo-like outcome: an unwilling self-sacrifice for the collective greater good.
Until the end. Juanfran’s penalty miss set it up perfectly for Ronaldo – like Didier Drogba for Chelsea in 2012 – to provide the decisive moment.
Sergio Ramos’ first-half goal was cancelled out by Yannick Carrasco in the 79th minute and the game went into extra time. Both teams failed to win in the added 30 minutes and the match went into penalties.
Juanfran saw his spot kick come off the post, before Cristiano Ronaldo tucked away his, to ensure the Santiago Bernabeu club won their second Champions League title in three years and their fifth since 1998.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, who replaced Rafa Benitez in January, has also joined the exclusive band of men, who have won the holy grail as both player and manager.