Cristiano Ronaldo injures back in CL celebration

June 3, 2017

He appeared to injure himself as he held the base of his back and pulled an unsightly grimace

Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real Madrid to a historic Duodecima as he scored twice during the 4-1 win over Juventus at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

There was, however, a moment of brilliance from Juventus as Mario Mandzukic’s bicycle kick levelled proceedings before Ronaldo, Casemiro and Marco Asensio ended Juve’s hopes.

Here, Sportsmail provides you with some things you may have missed during the Champions League final in Cardiff.

Six things you missed as Real Madrid claimed 12th European Cup after beating Juventus

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt 

Cristiano Ronaldo showed the less graceful side of himself as the celebrations were dying down in Cardiff.

The forward jumped down from the stage after lifting the trophy but appeared to injure himself in the process.

He held the base of his back and pulled an unsightly grimace in the process… ouch!

Cristiano Ronaldo showed a less graceful side to himself as he jumped off the stage in Cardiff

We will wait for you to finish,

It’s only one of the most important nights of the footballing calendar, but we were made to wait for the kick-off in Cardiff.

All thanks to the pre-match entertainment. Pop band Black Eyed Peas got lost somewhere between I’ve gotta Feeling and Boom Boom Pow during their mash-up and time escaped them.

This all resulted in the match kicking off three minutes late… like we haven’t waited for this game long enough!

Black Eyed Peas overstayed their welcome and delayed kick off by three minutes

Ronaldo makes history 

Cristiano Ronaldo has written himself into the history books time and time again — and Saturday was no different.

The Portuguese has now made it three Champions League finals which he has scored in.

His first goal came in the 2008 final on his way to victory and his second six years later when he netted in the final for Madrid to beat bitter rivals Atletico in 2014.

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the first player to score in three Champions League finals

Ronaldo with the humblest of brags:

Ronaldo was as modest as ever when he netted Real Madrid’s first before the floodgates opened.

After scoring his first, the forward appeared to gesture to the crowd and say: ‘One chance, bang!’

He was right, though, to be fair.

Ronaldo scored with his first chance of the match to put Real Madrid in front in Cardiff

But the forward modestlty reminded everyone of that by appearing to say: 'One chance, bang!'

You could be forgiven for missing the incredible build-up play which preceded Mario Mandzukic’s overhead kick.

Which is why we are here to tell you why it was so good. Leonardo Bonucci’s 50-yard ball found Alex Sandro who knocked it back into Gonzalo Higuian.

Higuain took a touch before popping it off to Mandzukic, who chest and… you know the rest. But, they did all of this without the ball touching the ground.

Better than any game of keepy-ups you could play in the park, anyway.

Leonardo Bonucci to Alex Sandro, Sandro to Gonzalo Higuain then Mario Mandzukic. Easy.

The Croatian's strike was the highlight of the night for Massimilano Allegri's side 

Anything you can do I can do better?

If you didn’t catch it, Ronaldo shook his head profusely after Mandzukic’s equaliser. Was that to do with the fact Madrid had just relinquished their lead? Or was it that the Croatian had just upstaged the Madrid talisman?

We will leave you to decide that one. But was it a coincidence that Ronaldo attempted an incredibly audacious bicycle kick just minutes after the Juventus equaliser while being in acres of space?

It was horrendous, anyway, and dribbled to the feet of the Italian defence.

Ronaldo attempted an incredibly audacious overhead kick in an attempt to not be upstaged

Quick change, lads 

Madrid wasted no time in getting changed into their famous white strip after the final whistle was blown in Cardiff.

The newly-crowned Champions League winners stripped off their purple away kit and donned the white of Madrid before lifting the trophy.

Sharp work in quick time from the Spanish giants. 

Los Blancos quickly changed from their purple away kit to their white shirts after the match

And finally… Bayer Leverkusen win at Twitter

Okay, so remember that Zinedine Zidane goal in 2002? The ridiculous volley which is often thought of as the best Champions League final goal of all time?

Well Bayer Leverkusen, their opponents that night, remember as well. And although it has taken 15 years, and the advent of Twitter, they finally get the chance to reply.

The official Leverkusen Twitter account reacted very happily to Zidane’s side having their lead pegged back by Mandzukic’s stunner.

Well played, Leverkusen. Well played indeed.

Cristiano Ronaldo's shout, Black Eyed Peas and more at UCL


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