Cristiano Ronaldo understandably took the accolades as his two goals helped to fire Real Madrid to a 12th European Cup but fundamental to their triumph over Juventus on Saturday was midfielder Luka Modric. "He has been our coach for 17 months but he has done everything possible".
"What an incredible scene, the stadium is incredible and the city did an immaculate job in hosting such a great event", the Welshman, who picked up his third Champions League winners' medal, said as the celebrations began.
Although many suspected that one of the two between Messi and Buffon will beat Ronaldo to the award, Juventus' loss to Madrid and the madrid's star's fine perfomance ensured that messi is once again, so close or yet so short to take home the award.
Leonardo Bonucci admits that Juventus' defeat to Real Madrid was especially bitter as they believed it was their time to taste Champions League glory.Madrid became the first team to win back-to-back trophies in the tournament's modern format with a commanding 4-1 win in Cardiff on Saturday.
"I want to thank all of you", Zidane told fans as chants of his name rang around the Bernabeu.More news: Van strikes pedestrians on London Bridge
Bale won a Champions League with Real in his first season and repeated the feat previous year.
With the crowd in a frenzy, four-time Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo - who finished the season with 42 goals in all competitions and as the Champions League's top scorer - ended up singing, "Cristiano, Ballon d'Or" and the fans joined in.
"My family is happy and I am happy so we will continue what we are doing".
Ronaldo's double gave him 42 Real goals this season, spearheading the Spanish giants' first LaLiga and European Cup double since 1957-58. The former Swedish player Robin Soderling was impressive by Mario Mandzukic's goal in the first half.
"It's a long season, but I'm motivated, I'm happy". It was very important for him to reach this final.More news: Osibanjo Commissions Calabar Monorail, International Convention Centre, Others
With Zidane's words ringing in their ears, Madrid were revitalised in the second half, scoring three times to seal the famous "cup with the big ears".
"We dropped back too much and it was not good for us, and the second half he changed this".
"It has been an incredible end to the season by us".
"(Madrid) showed their class and the attitude needed to play in this kind of game", Buffon said after losing a third final.
"Winning again adds to the history of this club".More news: Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn face tough questions on live TV