Cristiano Ronaldo awarded Champions League final Man of the Match award

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A marvellous night for the Ballon d'Or winner was capped by receiving the gong from Sir Alex Ferguson after he had struck a brace in a comfortable win

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named as UEFA’s Man of the Match for the 2017 Champions League final, during which he scored twice for Real Madrid in a 4-1 win over Juventus.

Ronaldo & Real are once in a generation

The Portugal international opened the scoring with his side’s first shot of the encounter in the first half. An equaliser from Mario Mandzukic and then a deflected Casemiro strike meant that Ronaldo’s second, a deft near-post finish from a Luka Modric cross, put his side 3-1 up and cruising towards the title.

After the encounter, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson presented the 32-year-old with the individual prize to go with his team gong.

Ronaldo worked under the Scot when he claimed his first Champions League title, and he has since gone on to claim three more, with Saturday’s success his fourth in total. 

Moreover, in netting at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, he became the first player to score in three finals during the Champions League era, which began in 1992-93, and just the second overall.