Cristiano Ronaldo reveals why he took fifth penalty in the Champions League final
Cristiano Ronaldo reveals he asked Zidane to let him take fifth penalty in Champions League final , because he knew he would score.
“I feel joy. We share this Champions League with the fans. I haven’t seen my family but obviously this is for them, for the players, for everyone. Many thanks to the fans,” the Portuguese said, AS reports.
“I had a vision. I knew I was going to score the winning goal. I asked [Zinedine Zidane] to let me take the fifth penalty because I was going to score the winning goal.
“Zidane has done a phenomenal job. He deserves it, he has humility and I’m happy for him. Balon d’Or? Winning the Champions League was first and to be the top scorer. It’s the seventh year I’ve scored more than 50 goals, for the first time in history.”
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admits that losing two Champions League final is a big failure.
“It puts a lot of years on you. Firstly, congratulations to Real Madrid – once again they were superior to us, this time at penalties,” the Coach told UEFA.com.
“We started the game badly, then we got ourselves organised from the 20th minute. In the second half we could have equalised very quickly but our intention was clear.
“I don’t know which defeat hurts the most. What really hurts me is to see the hurt of the people who’ve paid to come here – I feel a bit responsible that I wasn’t able to give them what they wanted. That’s what really hurts.
He added to the Spanish media: “It’s clear that no-one remembers who finishes second. Losing two finals is a failure and the best team always win.
“Madrid were the best team because they won, and we couldn’t solve [the game] in the penalty shootout. It’s time for me to think.
“[On his future], I’m only thinking about thinking, nothing more than that.”