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Madrid Wins Back-To-Back Titles, £1.5m Bonus for Each Player

Real Madrid have now won 12 European Cups in total. | Photo: Reuters Real Madrid have now won 12 European Cups in total. | Photo: Reuters
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates are set to receive huge bonuses after beating Juventus 4-1.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in three Champions League finals as he also recorded his 600th goal from a brace in the 4-1 win.

The history-making Madrid outfit will receive a payout of £1.5 million per player for winning Saturday's Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champion's League. Last season the players received mush less, about £700,000 for their efforts. Fresh off their La Liga win, Madrid copped their third European title in the last four seasons.

The Spaniards' unprecedented dominance commenced when they swept the first five stagings of the UEFA championship. Madrid is the only team to have double-figure Champions League wins – a dozen.

“Throughout our history, Madrid are the team that has won the most. We can’t live off the past, but that badge imposes upon you and we know our obligations,” veteran player Sergio Ramos said. “Our history is not coincidence. For us, this is an opportunity that this wonderful sport gives us.”

On Saturday Madrid recorded their 12th European Cup win, five more than their nearest rival A.C. Milan. Defending the title, which has not been done in 27 years, places this crop of Madrid players in an elite category which eludes even the original Ronaldo and their coach Zinedine Zidane.

For Juventus, it remains a paltry two wins from nine finals. “Real Madrid have a feeling with finals; they are used to winning them,” goalkeeper Gigi Buffon stated prior to the match. “We, on the other hand, have lost a lot of finals.”

"In football, there are absolute values," Juventus boss Max Allegri said after the game. "And when those values emerge, if your opponent has more quality than you, then he's better. There's only so much you can do."

Juventus conceded more goals in 90 minutes against Madrid than in their previous 1,080 minutes of Champions League action.

Nine of the 14 Real Madrid players who decimated Juventus were there when Zidane was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti, who led Madrid to the 2014 décima – their 10th European Cup.

Zidane has won the league as a player, an assistant coach, and now twice as a coach.

Top striker and shoo-in for the 2017 Ballon d'Or, Cristiano Ronaldo, recorded personal milestones by becoming the first player to score in three Champions League finals. The Portugal international also recorded his 600th goal from a brace in the trouncing of the Italian team.

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