UEFA Champions League Final: Records galore as Real Madrid C.F. retain title

first_imgReal Madrid became the first club in the Champions League era to retain the title as they crushed Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final late on June 3 in Cardiff.Thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo and goals from Casemiro and Asensio, Real Madrid achieved the milestone in style. AC Milan are the only other team to have won back to back titles in 1989 and 1990 but at that time the competition was called the European Cup.It was a night of celebration for the Madrid club who had also won the La Liga title a few days ago and the game saw some records broken and some equalled.Following are the records from the electric final:1. Cristiano Ronaldo finished as the top scorer of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth straight year, having scored 12 goals this season.2. Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in his 144th Champions League match on Saturday night, equalling Raul’s record and behind just Ryan Giggs (151), Xavi Hernandez (157) and Iker Casillas (168).3. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in the Champions League era to score in three different finals (2008, 2014 and 2017).4. Cristiano Ronaldo became only the fourth player to win 4 Champions League titles (one with Manchester United and 3 with Real Madrid) and the second player to win the title playing in all the four finals from the start. The other three players to have 4 titles are Clarence Seedorf, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi, only Clarence has played from the start in all the four finals he has won.advertisement5. Real Madrid won both the La Liga and the Champions League in the same season after 59 years.6. Real Madrid extended their scoring streak to 65 games, scoring in every single match this season.7. Real Madrid have won the most number of European titles (12), 6 times between 1955-1992 and other six after 1993.8. Real Madrid became the first club to score over 500 goals in the Champions League (503); the second place belongs to Barcelona with 459 goals.9. Zinedine Zidane became only the second manager to win back-to-back European titles.10. Since Zinedine Zidane took over Real Madrid as manager, Los Blancos have lost just two games out of 62 after scoring first.11. Sergio Ramos became the first captain to consecutively lift the Champions League trophy.12. Gareth Bale became only the sixth player to lift the Champions League in his hometown, the last player being Nicolas Anelka winning the title in 2000 with Real Madrid in Paris.13. Juventus conceded more goals (4) in the final than they did in the entire season (3).14. Juan Cuadrado of Juventus became only the third player to be shown a red card in the Champions League final. The other two being Jen Lehmann (2006) and Didier Drogba (2008).15. Spain became the first country to have one of its clubs win the Champions League for four successive years.last_img