Former Man United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo ended a wonderful season in perfect fashion, scoring in the Champions League final as Real Madrid won their tenth European crown.
It was Ronaldo’s fifth trophy in the Spanish capital since making his reported £80m move from the Red Devils, but it was undoubtedly the most important.
The 29-year-old forward recently admitted dreaming of winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, though for long periods last night, it looked as if the Portuguese international would have to wait at least another year for his dream to become a reality.
Atletico Madrid took a first-half lead, and later nullified Cristiano Ronaldo as Diego Simeone’s men looked on course to winning their first Champions League. Unfortunately for the Rojiblancos, the dream was shattered when Sergio Ramos popped up with a fabulous last-minute header.
Real Madrid upped the ante in extra-time, and finally found the breakthrough when Gareth Bale steered in a close-range header, before Marcelo put the game beyond any doubt by adding a third.
With the European trophy won, former United idol Cristiano Ronaldo appeared on a one-man mission to add his gloss onto the victory.
With Atletico Madrid’s legs gone, Ronaldo won a penalty with just one minute remaining, and duly stepped up to send Thibait Courtois the wrong way to make it a comprehensive 4-1 victory.
It was an excellent team effort, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration hinted at personal arrogance as he removed his shirt before running towards the corner on his own – flexing his muscles. Former Manchester United striker and teammate Ruud Van Nistelrooy didn’t like the reaction, and he was quoted after the game by 90th Min as saying:
van Nistelrooy: "Ronaldo's celebration isn't my thing. Very disrespectful to your teammates, like they did nothing." pic.twitter.com/PIGVLdwlSq— 90th Min (@90thMin) Mayo 24, 2014
Ronaldo’s penalty was his 17th goal in this season’s Champions League campaign, a new record which may take some beating.
Was Ronaldo’s reaction personal arrogance? Whilst that might be true, his goal on the biggest stage of all is the least he deserves after yet another phenomenal season.