Cristiano Ronaldo says he “had a vision” that he would score the winning penalty in Real Madrid’s 11th Champions League title triumph.
CR7 says he asked coach Zinedine Zidane for the fifth shootout spotkick.
And he duly converted it as Los Blancos beat their city rivals Atletico Madrid in the decider for the second time in three years.
After the game finished 1-1 after 120 minutes with Sergio Ramos’ opener cancelled out by Yannick Carrasco, the game went to penalties where Juanfran missed Atleti’s fourth kick, to go with Antoine Griezmann’s regular-time spotkick misfire.
Ron says: “I had a vision. I knew I was going to score the winning goal.
“I asked Zizou to let me take the fifth penalty.”
Coming into the game, Ronaldo was the only Real player to take penalties all season and hailed his teammates’ cool, with none of Zidane’s players missing.
CR7 adds: “The penalties are always a lottery, you never know what will happen but our team showed more experience and we showed it by scoring all the penalties. A fantastic night for us.”
Ronaldo said he was happy to deliver a trophy to Zidane, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid as a player in 2002, adding: “Zidane has done a phenomenal job.
“He deserves it, he has humility and I’m happy for him.”
Just as he did two years ago, Sergio Ramos left his footprint all over Real Madrid’s Champions League final triumph over Atletico Madrid following a turbulent 12 months.
Ramos influenced the game hugely from the 15th minute when he popped up in front of Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to bundle Gareth Bale’s flicked header into the net and put Madrid ahead, despite appearing to be marginally offside.
The skipper says: “There are few things that can compare to winning this trophy, it’s an award for hard work and for suffering because it’s been a very difficult season.
“Scoring goals is a real boost for me, when you score a goal in a final it will always go down in history.”