Cristiano Ronaldo has dedicated Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final victory in Milan to all the madridistas who in his opinion have been instrumental to the club’s success this season.
Ronaldo scored the decisive spot-kick in the shootout after Yannick Carrasco 79th-minute equalizer cancelled out a first-half strike by Sergio Ramos to force a penalty shoot out after a barren extra time play.
Displayed his joy on the San Siro pitch after clinching la Undécima for Real Madrid, Ronaldo said felt immense joy but said the Cup was for the fans.
“I feel immense joy. We’re very happy. It’s always like this in these games but the team has done really well. I knew I was going to score in the shootout and I did that.
“I want to share this with all the madridistas and everyone who supports Real Madrid. This final is for my family and every madridista family. I want to thank the fans for their support, this cup is for you.
“I was confident about taking the penalty. It’s been a magical night. Many thanks to all the fans. We wouldn’t have won la Undécima without them. They’ve helped un hugely in every match.
“Finals are always difficult. It’s my third Champions League, I am excited and I feel really proud. The Champions League belongs to Real Madrid, we knew we could win it. We fight every day and we believed that we could win this competition. I’m very happy and now it’s time to enjoy it. We’re going to Cibeles, come with us. I hope the people are there waiting for us to celebrate.” Ronaldo is quoted as saying on the Galacticos’ official website.
Ronaldo who tasted his first UEFA Champions League success while at Manchester United has now won the Champions League title three times. He netted 16 times to be crowned the competition’s top scorer, seven goals above second placed Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.