At the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon last night, Saturday, May 24, Real Madrid came-from-behind to force additional time before claiming a dramatic 4-1 win over local rivals Atletico Madrid in a memorable Champions League final.
Diego Godin got Atleti ahead after 36 minutes and the underdogs preserved a 1-0 lead all the way to the dying moments of the match, yet Sergio Ramos provided an equaliser in the 93rd minute, before Gareth Bale's winner in 110th minute, Marcelo's third and Cristiano Ronaldo closing the show in the 120th minute.
Bale deserved credit for his as it is arguable the Welshman's effort was the most significant of all three in extra-time, as the former Tottenham Hotspur forward was gifted multiple chances in normal-time, yet failed to get the ball over the line. He kept his cool to head home, though, as he scored his sixth goal (plus four assists) in the tournament for the season.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, was largely synonymous until his penalty spot conversion at the end, but his displays in the European Cup this past season as a whole have been tremendous - his strike versus Atleti was his 17th goal (plus four assists) from 11 appearances.
The celebrations of each man after his respective goals, were a contrast to each other, as highlighted by Arsenal wonderkid Benik Afobe, who suggests Ronaldo is far more individual-focused than the rest of the team.
I love Ronaldo as much as the next guy but when Bale scored everyone but Ronaldo went to celebrate. When he scored he takes his top off.....— Benik Afobe (@BenikAfobe93) May 24, 2014