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Real Madrid 'Masters of the Universe': Spanish media bask in UCL final win

The Spanish media on Sunday morning basked in the historic nature of Real Madrid's 4-1 Champions League final victory over Juventus the previous night.

Zinedine Zidane's side rolled over a well-beaten Juve with a masterful second-half display in Cardiff, becoming the first team to win back-to-back Champions Leagues, while stretching their record haul of European Cups to 12.

Marca's front page proclaimed Zidane's side as "Masters of the Universe," while also pointing out Cristiano Ronaldo's brace meant he finished as the Champions League's top scorer for a fifth successive season.

The front cover of AS stated "The 12th for the Insatiables," while also quoting Madrid captain Sergio Ramos as saying: "To win three Champions Leagues is just crazy".

"Another legendary Madrid" was the headline in El Pais, where the match report commended Zidane's achievement in getting his squad to set aside their egos and work together to secure the club's first La Liga and the European Cup double since 1958.

"Converted into a winning machine, Madrid left another mark on posterity in their exclusive voyage through the most prestigious club competition in the universe," wrote Jose Samano.

"In Cardiff another legendary Madrid side were enthroned, and not just for their 12th trophy; For their first double in 59 years, and for retaining the European Cup for the first time in 57; For winning three trophies in four years; for not being a galactico Madrid, but a Zidanesque-brotherhood, just in the season when least money was spent, showing that football does not have a price."

In El Mundo, Orfeo Suarez said that Juve had not played badly at all, but Madrid's quality was just "incomparable" when they really got going in the second half.

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Real Madrid enjoyed a successful night in Cardiff.

"Juventus played well and lost," he wrote. "Their seven defeats in nine finals is part of their story, just as victory is for Madrid. They started better in Cardiff, and then equalised, too, but they went down when the ball imposed the reality that Zidane's men's quality is incomparable. They just had to play."

Keeping up the historic theme, Marca columnist Jose Felix Diaz wrote that Madrid had won finals in many different ways throughout their history, but the second-half performance at the Principality Stadium was the best since the days of Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas in the 1950s.

Diaz wrote: "Over those 12 victories Madrid has had many glorious games, along with others when they probably did not deserve to win, but did so due to what they have in their genes. And others like in Cardiff, when their win came while playing the best second half in colour that can be remembered in a final."

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan

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