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"Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for the rest of his life", Perez told radio station Cadena Ser.

This is the belief of newspapers in Spain after the Colombian was left out of Real Madrid's squad for the Champions League final. "Think he is going to become a footballer", wrote another.

But the granite-like trio of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci cracked after Juventus had been the better side in a first half that ended 1-1. "We pressed a lot more and physically we won the game there too, so I'm very happy".

"It has been an incredible end to the season by us".

Asked whether the mood in the dressing room was different since numerous Real players had now won the competition so often, Bale said: "It's a little bit more relaxed as we get used to it but it's great, a real good atmosphere afterwards". "I think we feel that we are an wonderful team".

Zinedine Zidane favoured in-form Isco for a final that Bale entered as a 77th-minute substitute, making a timely return from a calf injury as Real Madrid overcame Juventus in surprisingly comprehensive fashion.

Juventus are a European superpower, a team which dominates one of the toughest leagues in the world, but they were outclassed by Ronaldo and Co.at the Principality Stadium.

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However, he definitely finds himself in good company with several world-class players failing to capture European club football's greatest prize.

He will want some measure of revenge and will be keen to lay down a marker for United's season, sending a message both to the club's domestic rivals and those Champions League heavyweights who lie in wait in the group stages of the competition.

"Cristiano Ronaldo believes no one can criticise him after his man of the match performance in the UCL final, saying 'my numbers don't lie".

Madrid have won the Champions League three times in the last four years and their French forward Karim Benzema said: "It's awesome, to win one, then two, then three!"

"I've signed a long-term contract at Madrid", Bale said.

Zidane's cool demeanour has helped Madrid cope with the intense pressure at the Bernabeu and now, just 17 months into his reign, he is reaping the rewards as Real celebrate a first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958.


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