Minute’s Silence To Be Held For Reyes Before Champions League Final

In this file photo taken on August 21, 2015 Sevilla’s forward Jose Antonio Reyes looks on during the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs Sevilla FC at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga.

 

A minute’s silence will be held for Jose Antonio Reyes before the Champions League final after the former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Spain forward was killed in a car crash on Saturday. Reyes was 35.

Reyes shot to fame at Sevilla and secured a switch to Arsenal, where he was part of the unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ 2003-2004 Premier League winners, before spells at Real and Atletico Madrid.

UEFA announced they would hold a minute’s silence in his honour ahead of the final in Madrid between Tottenham and Liverpool.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) also confirmed there would be a minute’s silence held before all official Spanish league games this weekend.

But the RFEF said the seven Segunda Division games would be postponed, including Cadiz against Extremadura, the club Reyes had joined in January.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger signed Reyes on the back of Spain’s Under-19’s European championships win where he played alongside Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta, and a dazzling series of matches with Sevilla the following season.

“I am devastated to hear the terrible news about Jose,” Wenger said. “To his family and friends, all support from everyone in the Arsenal family. He will remain forever in our hearts.”

Arsenal’s record goalscorer Thierry Henry, who played with Reyes, wrote on Twitter: “Im devastated to hear the sad news about Jose Antonio Reyes. Wonderful player, superb teammate and exceptional human being.”

Reyes won Premier League and FA Cup medals at Arsenal and came on as a late substitute when the Gunners lost the 2006 Champions League final to Barcelona.

Arsenal described the accident as “awful news”.

“Reyes was, of course, a member of the Invincibles,” Arsenal said on their website.

“(He) made a significant contribution to that unbeaten season.”

“Thanks for what you gave us, and rest in peace,” Arsenal said.

But it was at Sevilla where the pain will be most keenly felt.

“We couldn’t be confirming worse news,” Sevilla said when breaking the news.

“Beloved Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace,” Sevilla, where he spent two four-year spells, said on Twitter.

He helped Sevilla win the Spanish second division in his first stint at the club. He won the Europa League five times, twice with Atletico Madrid and three times in his second spell at Sevilla.

The emergency services in Andalusia and the authorities in the town where his family live, Utrera, said Reyes died in an accident on the main road from Sevilla to Utrera. They said another member of his family also died and a third person was injured.

Spain captain Sergio Ramos, who is also from the province of Seville, came through the youth team just after Reyes and later played with him at Real Madrid also tweeted his grief.

“Broken. Shattered,” wrote Ramos. “I have no words. All the affection for the family. We will always remember you, my friend! RIP brother.”

Reyes played 21 times for Spain between 2003 and 2006, scoring four goals. He also won domestic league titles with Real Madrid and Benfica.

After leaving Sevilla in 2016, Reyes played for Espanyol, Cordoba and Xinjian Tianshan in China, before arriving at Extremadura this year as a free agent.

“With broken hearts we announce the news of our player Jose Antonio Reyes’ death in a car crash and we ask for you to pray for his soul,” Extremadura said.

Monchi, who overlapped with Reyes as a player at Sevilla and is now the club’s director of football, also tweeted his sadness and referred to wingback Antonio Puerta, who died of a cardiac arrest playing for Sevilla in 2007.

“Impossible news to believe, impossible to digest, how sad my God,” wrote Monchi. “What a left flank you are going to make, Antonio and you, up there.”

‘Water Lord’ Or Karate Master? Chinese Fans Debate Over Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos kisses the Champions League trophy at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 27, 2018, during a victory ceremony after Real Madrid’s victory over Liverpool. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP

 

Egyptians branded him “Ramos the Dog” and now Chinese football fans have dubbed Sergio Ramos “a butcher” and “master of karate” for his roughhouse treatment of Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final.

The 32-year-old central defender and captain of Real Madrid previously had more fetching nicknames in Chinese, including a popular one that translates as “Water Lord”, a nod to his sometimes slick hair.

Ten days after Real’s Champions League victory over Liverpool, when Ramos was accused of intentionally injuring Egyptian talisman Salah, Chinese media and social media continue to debate his intervention in Kiev, reflecting the intense interest in top-level European football in the country.

One social media user derided Ramos as “head of the Madrid Martial Arts team”.

Another said: “This brother is a master of Chinese kung fu, Taekwondo, judo and karate.”

“At the World Cup a few players are going to be attacked by his venomous hands,” agreed another on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

Salah's Injury 'Serious', Says Liverpool Boss Klopp
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Ramos’s controversial clash with Salah saw the Real player drag the forward to the ground, injuring his shoulder and ending his Champions League dreams in tears.

Real went on to win the match 3-1, thanks largely to Liverpool’s blundering goalkeeper Loris Karius — who Ramos was also accused of injuring.

While he has many Chinese critics, plenty in the country are standing up for Ramos, who will captain Spain at this month’s World Cup in Russia.

“Whether as a player, defender or captain, Ramos is outstanding!” said one fan on Weibo.

Another agreed: “Ramos is a hero.”

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Real Madrid Parade Champions League Trophy In Front Of Ecstatic Fans

Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo (L) and Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos hold the trophy at Cibeles square in Madrid on May 27, 2018, as they celebrate after winning their third Champions League title in a row in Kiev. BENJAMIN CREMEL / AFP

 

Tens of thousands of ecstatic fans lined the streets of the Spanish capital to greet Real Madrid’s players as they returned home Sunday after winning their third Champions League title in a row in Kiev.

Elated fans cheered and waved club scarves as an open-top bus carrying the squad and the trophy made its way to the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles.

Some children sat on the shoulders of their parents to get a better look as the bus went by.

The giant white bus was emblazoned with the phrase “Campeones 13” and the club’s crest to mark their record-extending 13th European Cup success.

Team captain Sergio Ramos and other players waved and filmed the crowd with mobile phones from the top of the bus, which was escorted by police on horseback.

Real Madrid players arrive on an open-air bus at the Cibeles square in Madrid on May 27, 2018, to celebrate after winning their third Champions League title in a row in Kiev. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP

 

Ramos took the walkway set up over the plaza’s fountain and draped the statue of the goddess Cybele with the club’s scarf and flag as the crowd cheered.

He and Real Madrid left-back Marcelo then held up the trophy over their heads as white confetti rained down and the Queen anthem “We are the Champions” blared out from loudspeakers.

“I had to be here and celebrate this win with them,” Ivan Gonzalez, a 23-year-old student who wore a pink Cristiano Ronaldo jersey and a Real Madrid scarf wrapped around his neck, told AFP at the plaza.

‘Pride and ambition’

The bus then made its way to Real’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium where a celebration with fireworks will later be held.

Roughly 80,000 people packed the stadium on Saturday night to watch Real’s 3-1 Champions League final win over Liverpool on eight giant screens.

The crowd erupted in delight at the final whistle, breaking out in familiar chants of “Campeones, campeones”.

Earlier on Sunday at a reception at the headquarters of the Madrid regional government, Ramos joked that winning the Champions League was “turning into a routine”.

“In the difficult moments, when people doubted us, this team showed it has pride and ambition, that it does not get tired of winning,” he added.

“I think this is the key of this success, along with having a great coach.”

Real’s “decimotercera,” or 13th title in the competition, moved them six clear of second-placed AC Milan in the all-time honours list, after lifting the trophy for a remarkable fourth time in five seasons.

Former French international Zidane also became the first coach to win three consecutive Champions League crowns, despite having spent less than three years at the helm.

‘Legendary team’

The squad also stopped by Madrid city hall where they presented mayor Manuela Carmena with a jersey with the number 13 on the back that was signed by the players.

Carmena, who attended the match in Kiev, said Real had won thanks to the “magisterial leadership of its manager and the synergy of all its players”.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a die-hard Real fan, sent a telegram to the club’s president, Florentino Perez, to congratulate the team for their victory, which he said had “revalidated” the club’s “continental leadership”.

“Thank you for this sporting show that filled all sports lovers with emotion and pride, and for once again taking Spain’s name to the highest levels of world sport,” he added in the telegram, his office said in a statement.

Rajoy had planned to watch the match in person in Kiev but he cancelled the trip at the last minute after the main opposition Socialist party filed a no-confidence motion against his government in parliament.

Real’s victory made the front page of all main Spanish newspapers on Sunday.

“Madrid dominates Europe with a legendary team,” headlined top-selling daily El Pais below a photo of Ramos holding up the Champions League trophy surrounded by the rest of his teammates.

“An eternal Real Madrid,” wrote rival daily El Mundo while conservative daily ABC headlined: “A Real Madrid of legend”.

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Salah ‘Confident’ For World Cup Despite Shoulder Injury

Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah (C) is comforted by team members and Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd L) as he leaves the pitch after injury during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. PHOTO: Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP

 

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah is “confident” of being fit for the World Cup despite suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.

Salah was forced off in tears during the first half of the 3-1 loss in Kiev on Saturday, sparking fears he wouldn’t make it to the World Cup in Russia next month.

“It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter. Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud,” Salah wrote on his official Twitter account on Sunday.

“Your love and support will give me the strength I need.

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Klopp Feels Sorry For Karius After Costly Errors In Liverpool’s Loss

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp walks past the trophy after losing the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 26, 2018. PHOTO: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Devastated Jurgen Klopp admitted he was shell-shocked by Loris Karius’s costly mistakes in Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid on Saturday.

Liverpool goalkeeper Karius played a huge role in his side’s misery in Kiev as he gifted Madrid two goals.

The 24-year-old handed Karim Benzema the opening goal when he threw the ball against France forward and it rebounded into the net.

Then, with Liverpool hoping to snatch a late equaliser, Karius let Gareth Bale’s long-range effort slip through his grasp and into the net.

Karius was in tears after the final whistle, but tellingly not one of Liverpool’s shattered players went over to immediately console him.

Only Madrid’s jubilant stars acknowledged the German’s angst before, still sobbing uncontrollably, he went toward Liverpool’s supporters to hold his hands up in an attempt to apologise for his blunders.

While he wouldn’t publicly condemn Karius, Reds boss Klopp made it clear the difference in the match was the mistakes made by the man he signed from Mainz in 2016.

“Yeah, what can I say? Loris knows it, everybody knows it. It’s a shame, in a game like this and after a season like this. I really feel for him, he is a fantastic boy,” Klopp said.

“The first one…I don’t know. The second one came because of the first one.

“It is really difficult to get rid of bad thoughts in your mind in a game like this.”

Aside from Karius’s woeful display, the other crucial turning point was the first half injury suffered by Mohamed Salah.

The Liverpool forward was forced off after suffering a suspected dislocated shoulder in a challenge with Real defender Sergio Ramos.

Klopp admitted the loss of Liverpool’s 44-goal star was a huge blow to his team’s confidence.

“The situation with Ramos and Mo was really bad a shock for the team. You could see that, Madrid immediately came up,” he said.

Bale’s brilliant overhead kick had put Madrid 2-1 ahead as Klopp endured his sixth successive final defeat — a painful run that includes losing the 2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich.

“Finals are for winning, nothing else. We started well, exactly like we wanted,” Klopp said.

“But the Bale bicycle kick was unbelievable. The boys did their best, but it was not the best script for us tonight.”

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Real Fans Rejoice At Bernabeu After European Success

Real Fans Rejoice At Bernabeu After European Success
Real Madrid fans hold a banner reading “Irreducible” as they celebrate outside the Santiago Bernabeu stadium after their team won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, in Madrid on May 26, 2018.

 

Tens of thousands of Real Madrid supporters erupted in delight at the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium after Saturday’s 3-1 Champions League final victory over Liverpool in Kiev.

Familiar chants of “Campeones, campeones” rang out at the final whistle after Real fans flocked to the ground to watch the match which was broadcast on eight giant screens at the Bernabeu.

“We’re the best club in Europe, we’re the best club in the world, we’re the best club in history, we are Real Madrid!” shouted the stadium announcer, as the Spanish giants won a record-extending 13th European Cup.

The club’s “decimotercera” moved them six titles clear of second-placed AC Milan in the competition’s all-time honours list, after lifting the trophy for a remarkable fourth time in five seasons.

Frenchman Zinedine Zidane also became the first coach to win three consecutive Champions League crowns, despite having spent less than three years at the helm.

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Zidane Reacts To Real’s ‘Crazy’ Third Straight Champions League Title

 

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his side’s third successive Champions League title was “something crazy” after the Spanish giants defeated Liverpool 3-1 in Saturday’s final in Kiev.

Gareth Bale scored two goals as a second-half substitute, including an outrageous overhead scissor kick, after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opener.

“Tonight is certainly a historic moment,” Zidane told BeIn Sports. “To win three times in a row… It’s something crazy to experience that. Even if we believe it, we think about it when we work hard.

“With a team like this, we can go far but to win three of them, it’s something crazy.

“You have to make the most of it, and think about what the players have done together.”

Zidane, 45, became the first coach to win the Champions Leagues in three consecutive seasons, having only taken charge of the team in his first senior management role in January 2016.

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Three Things We Learned From The Champions League Final

Three Things We Learned From The Champions League Final
Players of Real Madrid celebrate after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018.
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Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday. Here are three things we learned from Real’s 13th European Cup triumph:

Tearful Salah rocks Reds

When Mohamed Salah slumped to the turf holding his shoulder for the second time in a matter of minutes, the tears began to flow. Egypt forward Salah was forced off when he suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder after landing awkwardly following a challenge with Real defender Sergio Ramos in the first half. Ramos, accused of deliberately dragging Salah down in an attempt to injure him, was jeered throughout the match, but regardless of any malicious intent, it was a devastating blow to Liverpool and a transcendent talent who may now miss the World Cup. Salah’s incredible debut season with the Reds saw the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year shatter a host of records with 44 goals in all competitions. Liverpool’s European heroics this season were built on Salah’s predatory finishing and dazzling skill, but they had to play 60 minutes without their talisman and it was a mission too far. After dominating the opening stages, there was an immediate dip in Liverpool’s performance. Liverpool had nine shots with Salah on the pitch and none for the rest of the half. Despite a gallant second-half effort, there was a sense of inevitability about Real’s triumph as Salah nursed his wounds.

Ronaldo, Zidane among the immortals

Although he didn’t enjoy his finest individual performance, Cristiano Ronaldo still burnished his glittering CV as the Real forward became the first player to win the trophy five times in the Champions League era. Ronaldo joined an elite four-man list featuring Real trio Paco Gento, Alfredo di Stefano and Jose Maria Zarraga, plus AC Milan’s Paolo Maldini, as five-time winners of the European Cup. In his sixth European Cup final, Ronaldo couldn’t emulate his match-winning display in last year’s showpiece against Juventus. But even on a quiet night when he failed to add to his 44 goals this season, the Portugal superstar still went home with the silverware. Thanks to Gareth Bale’s majestic winner, Ronaldo wasn’t the only Madrid icon to cement his place among the immortals. Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win the European Cup three years in a row. The former Real star is also only the third manager after Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti to lift the trophy three times — not bad for a man who endured heavy criticism and talk of the sack at times during a season that saw Madrid flop in La Liga. Real, now 13-time European Cup winners, are the first team to win the competition in three successive seasons since Bayern Munich between 1974 and 1976. Fittingly, Zidane had predicted Madrid’s latest rewriting of the history books when he faced the press on Friday. “You can’t say Liverpool have more hunger than us – it simply isn’t true. We’re in a third final and we have the chance to do something historic,” he said.

Careless Karius condemns Klopp to fresh final woe

Tormented by a pair of unforgivable mistakes from Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, Jurgen Klopp was left heartbroken in a major final yet again as the German suffered his sixth loss in seven title matches. Klopp already knew exactly how it felt to fall just short with the Champions League trophy within touching distance after his Borussia Dortmund lost the 2013 final against Bayern Munich. Klopp’s Liverpool were also beaten by Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final, but this was even more painful given how Karius gifted the silverware to Madrid. The 24-year-old German, signed by Klopp from Mainz in 2016, was abysmal — handing Karim Benzema the opener with a careless throw out that bounced in off the forward, before spilling a routine save from Gareth Bale into his own net in the closing minutes. Having settled on Karius ahead of Simon Mignolet over recent months, Klopp’s faith backfired and he is the fourth manager after Massimiliano Allegri, Diego Simeone and Hector Cuper to lose in two Champions League finals.

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Bale’s Brilliance Powers Real Madrid To 13th European Crown

 

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. LLUIS GENE / AFP
Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale celebrates his second goal of the night.                      Photo: LLUIS GENE / AFP

 

Gareth Bale scored twice including an incredible overhead kick after coming off the bench as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday.

Karim Benzema struck a bizarre opening goal after an error by goalkeeper Loris Karius on 51 minutes before Liverpool, who lost leading scorer Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, replied through Sadio Mane.

Bale replaced Isco on the hour and connected with an outrageous acrobatic effort on 64 minutes to put Real back in front.

The Welshman sealed a record-extending 13th European Cup title for Real with seven minutes left as another dreadful mistake from Karius allowed his long-range shot to find the net.

“It has to be (my best goal), a Champions League final, there’s no bigger stage,” Bale said.

“Very disappointed not to start the game; I felt like I deserved it. The best I could do was to come on and make an impact, and I did.”

Real boss Zinedine Zidane became the first coach to win the Champions Leagues in three consecutives seasons, having only taken charge of the team in January 2016.

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‘I Need To Play’, Bale Hints At Real Exit After Champions League Heroics

Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale with his winner’s medal and a Welsh flag on the pitch as Real Madrid players celebrate winning the UEFA Champions League final. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Gareth Bale hinted he will consider leaving Real Madrid after the Wales star inspired their 3-1 Champions League triumph over Liverpool with one of the greatest goals ever scored in the final.

Bale blasted an astonishing overhead kick to put Real ahead in the 64th minute and sealed the silverware with his second goal — a long-range effort in the closing moments that Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius dropped into his own net.

It was an incredible contribution from Bale, who had been on the pitch for only three minutes when he launched into his brilliant acrobatic effort.

The 28-year-old, who also scored in the 2014 final against Atletico Madrid, has now won four Champions League crowns since moving to Madrid from Tottenham in 2013.

But Bale has endured a difficult season marred by regular spells on the bench as he struggled to convince Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to give him a starting place.

Amid talk of a potential close-season move to Manchester United, Bale was asked if there was a chance he could return to the Premier League in the coming months.

His answer expressed his frustration with Zidane and will be seen as a clear come-and-get-me plea to England’s biggest clubs.

“Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I felt I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions,” Bale told BT Sport.

“The best I have been doing is to come on and make an impact, I certainly did.

“I need to be playing week in, week out and that has not happened this season.

“I had an injury five, six weeks in but I’ve been fit ever since.

“I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it.”

Bale’s majestic contribution underlined the quality he can bring to a team willing to pay Madrid’s asking price.

The substitute said the goal was the best of his career.

“It has to be the best goal. In a Champions League final, there is no bigger stage. I am just happy to get the win,” he said.

“It is a team game but when you are a substitute, it is a game of more than 11 players. I made an impact.”

After flopping in La Liga, Madrid have salvaged their season in style, clinching a third successive Champions League title — the club’s 13th in their illustrious history.

“We know what we have achieved and how good we have been. The league was disappointing but we won the Champions League. It turns out to be a great season,” Bale added.

“We let everyone else speak. We know how hungry we are in the changing room, how prepared and motivated we are.”

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Ronaldo Casts Doubt Over Real Madrid Future

 

Ronaldo Casts Doubt Over Real Madrid Future
Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the trophy after his team won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP

 

Five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo suggested his time at Real Madrid could be at an end just moments after winning his fourth Champions League in five years with the Spanish giants.

Ronaldo, 33, has now won five European Cups in all, but Gareth Bale was the hero for Real in Kiev with two goals in a 3-1 win over Liverpool.

“I am going to enjoy this moment and in the next few days I will give an answer to the fans, who have always been at my side,” Ronaldo told BeIN Sports Spain.

“It was very nice to be at Real Madrid. In the next few days, I will speak.

“I am going to enjoy this with my team-mates and in the next few days I’ll give an answer.”

Ronaldo’s comments appeared to target Real president Florentino Perez for a lack of support.

However, Perez hinted he was tired of Ronaldo’s intimations he could leave.

It isn’t the first time Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United for a then-world record fee in 2009, has appeared close to the exit door at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After securing a first European Cup and La Liga double for Madrid in 59 years last season, Ronaldo was also reportedly looking to leave for what he perceived as a lack of support from the club over an ongoing tax investigation into the management of his image rights from the Spanish authorities.

“Here the most important thing is the club, and the most important thing is that we are celebrating this Champions League,” Perez told Antena3.

“I am not going to in the personal situations of any player because, as he himself says, nothing ever happens.”

Ronaldo still has three years to run on a lucrative five-year contract signed in 2016.

Despite failing to score in the final, Ronaldo ended as the competition’s top scorer for a sixth straight season as Real became the first side in 42 years to win three consecutive European Cups.

“We made history. That’s the important thing,” he added. “The future of a player isn’t important.”

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Zidane Becomes First Coach To Win Three Straight Champions League Titles

Zidane Becomes First Coach To Win Three Straight Champions League Titles
Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane (R) celebrates with Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) after winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 26, 2018. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Zinedine Zidane has become the first coach to win three straight Champions League titles.

The Frenchman who is considered one of the greatest players and helped Real Madrid to Champions League victory in 2002, has excelled as a coach since he replaced Rafa Benitez as Real boss in January 2016.

Super Sub Bale

On Saturday, Gareth Bale scored twice including an incredible overhead kick after coming off the bench to help Real defeated Liverpool 3-1.

Karim Benzema struck a bizarre opening goal on 51 minutes before Liverpool, who lost leading scorer Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half, replied through Sadio Mane.

Bale replaced Isco on the hour and connected with an outrageous acrobatic effort on 64 minutes to put Real back in front.

The Welshman sealed a record-extending 13th European Cup title for Real with seven minutes left as a dreadful mistake from Loris Karius allowed his long-range shot to find the net.