Cristiano Ronaldo - The numbers don't lie

Gareth Bale lifts the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid beat Juventus in Cardiff

Ronaldo is the hot favourite to win the annual award for the best player in the world for a fifth time that would see him equal Barcelona rival Lionel Messi's record.

Gareth Bale says he is happy at Real Madrid and has committed his future to the Champions League winners.

"I am very happy - an unbelievable season again".

With a third European title in four seasons, coach Zinedine Zidane has re-established Madrid as the premier team on the continent.

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Madrid also secured a league and cup double for the first time in nearly 60 years, leaving Zidane ecstatic in his post-match news conference.

"We're the first team to win the Champions League two years running, I scored two goals in the final and I'm the top scorer in the competition this season, so I'm happy", said Cristiano Ronaldo.

"This is one of the best jobs I've had to do!", the Scot said, and while there was a limited reaction from Ronaldo, you can be sure the words meant a lot to the former Sporting CP forward.

"Now we have to enjoy all of this", he said.

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He finally won the Champions League as a Madrid player in 2002, scoring an wonderful volley in the final against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow, Scotland. In the Champions League is a new thing for many of our players.

"Three Champions Leagues in four seasons isn't too bad". But I always knew really because I'd only been training for five days with the team and I was really lucky to be involved, to be honest.

"The truth is it has been a spectacular season", added Ronaldo. One player nearly certainly to leave is James Rodriguez, who arrived amid high expectations after the 2014 World Cup but didn't get a lot of playing time under Zidane. That is what we worked on and that is how we scored three of our goals in the final.

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