Gareth Bale hoping to help make more history at Real Madrid

CRISTIANO RONALDO is still in party-mode following Real Madrid's Champions League triumph over Juventus on Saturday. "We're enjoying winning them at the moment, so we'll continue to do so", Bale added. "We are defining an era".

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after Real's victory over Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final. "Thanks to the determination we showed I'm so very happy".

"I don't think many players have won the Champions League in their home city where they were born, so it's a great memory to have".

"The players have entered into the legend of Real Madrid and of football, as has our coach", said club president Florentino Perez, as he reserved special praise for Zinedine Zidane.

He finally won the Champions League as a Madrid player in 2002, scoring an awesome volley in the final against Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow, Scotland.

"My age is just a number, I feel like a young boy", 32-year-old Ronaldo said after being handed the man-of-the-match award by his former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

But Bale was reduced to the role of bit-part player after recent injury problems, sent on only for the final 13 minutes at the National Stadium of Wales with the game already won. This year has been a result of this policy. Zidane's cool demeanour has helped Madrid cope with the intense pressure at the Bernabeu and now, just 17 months into his reign, he is reaping the rewards as Real celebrate a first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958.

"The squad has been great and it's been good for me individually too".

Zidane has only one year left on his contract, but is widely expected to remain at the team's helm.

A key move for Madrid in its European resurgence was the signing of Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009, a transfer that took the team to another level.

  • Rosalie Stanley