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Zidane, Ronaldo set milestones with Champions League triumph

May 27, 2018 12:16 IST

Real Madrid celebrate winning the Champions League with the trophy

IMAGE: Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after beating Liverpool in the Champions League final. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Several records and milestones were set after Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final on Saturday.

With the victory Real became the first team to win three straight titles in the Champions League era.

 

Before the European Cup switched to the Champions League format in 1992, Real won five straight titles (1956-1960), while Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam and German team Bayern Munich both won three successive European Cup trophies in the 1970s.

Real's Zinedine Zidane is the first coach to win three straight European Cup titles in any era. The former France playmaker only became Real coach in January, 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to win five Champions League titles. He won his first with Manchester United in 2008 and has been part of Real's four titles in the past five seasons. Former Real player Francisco 'Paco' Gento holds the record from the pre-Champions League era with six titles.

Spanish clubs have won their last seven finals against English clubs (Champions League and Europa League)

Liverpool's Juergen Klopp has now lost five straight finals as a coach.

The German won his first final - the 2012 German Cup with Borussia Dortmund - but then lost the 2013 Champions League final to Bayern and the 2014 German Cup final to the Bavarians plus the 2015 German Cup final to VFl Wolfsburg.

At Liverpool he lost the 2016 League Cup final to Manchester City on penalties and, in the same season, the Europa League showpiece to Sevilla before Saturday's defeat by Real in Kiev.

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