Cheat sheet: How Cristiano Ronaldo stole the limelight in Real Madrid's dramatic Champions League final win


Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning spot-kick to give Real Madrid the most dramatic victory 5-3 on penalties in the Champions League final in Milan.

It was tough on Atleti, who had battled to come back from an early Sergio Ramos goal, with Yannick Carrasco netting late on to send the game into extra time.

But penalties it was, and in the end it was inevitably the otherwise disappointing Ronaldo who managed to grab the headlines - including this one - by knocking in the winner after Juanfran hit the post.

Key moments

Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring for Real Madrid
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS)

1. Sergio Ramos scores (15 minutes). It's not exactly controversial to pick a goal as a key moment, but this one was more key than most. This Atletico team is built on a defence that conceded just 18 goals in La Liga all season. So when Ramos turned in Gareth Bale's flick-on, Atletico didn't seem to know how to respond - and they were pretty awful until half-time. Real defended in numbers doing a passable impression of the Atletico team we've grown used to watching.

2. Antoine Griezmann misses a penalty (48 minutes). You've got a penalty in the final of the Champions League. What do you go for: power or placement? After watching Griezmann smash his spot-kick against the bar, we're saying placement. It was a horror moment for the Frenchman, but it set Atleti off on the right foot in the second half. Suddenly they looked like a viable attacking force.

3. Real Madrid almost put the game away (79 minutes). Ronaldo had a couple of shots saved and Bale had an effort cleared off the line. It was completely against the run of play - Atleti dominated the second half - but had any of the three gone in, it would have been game over. Instead, Yannick Carrasco led a breakaway and within seconds it was 1-1.

Antoine Griezmann hits the bar with a penalty
(Antonio Calanni/AP)

Was it the right result?

Fernando Torres and Yannick Carrasco look dejected
(Mike Egerton/EMPICS)

The fact that it went to penalties says it all really - neither side particularly stood out, with Real better in the first half, Atletico better in the second and both teams pretty much dead on their feet by the end of extra-time. You couldn't say it was deserved for Real, but you couldn't really say it was undeserved either.

You couldn't help but feel sorry Atletico, though. That's their second final defeat to Real in three years.

Who played well?

It was a strange game. Real put in an uncharacteristically organised and disciplined team performance in the first half with Ramos marshalling his troops perfectly. After the break it was all about half-time substitute Carrasco, who brought some much-needed sparkle to Atletico. But the star was probably Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who kept his side in it on a few occasions.

Who played badly?

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. This was the hour and Fernando Torres was the man, as he completed his first pass of the game with nearly 60 minutes on the clock.

In fact, this wasn't a great night for the big names, with Griezmann missing a penalty for Atleti and both Ronaldo and Karim Benzema largely anonymous for Real - until CR7 stepped up in the shootout.

Whiff of controversy

That Ramos goal? It was offside. Well - it was probably offside. It was very close, but definitely offside enough for Atleti fans to convince themselves they were hard done by.

Key stat

So the last one was the decima - what's this? What's Spanish for eleven?

Best celebration

If this isn't living the dream, we don't know what is. Score an equalising goal in the Champions League final, celebrate by snogging his girlfriend. That girlfriend, by the way, is Noemie Happart - former Miss Belgium.

Noemie Happart competing in Miss Universe
(Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Best fans

The Wales squad were watching the game together on a big screen - cheering on Bale, no doubt, but mostly just praying their star man didn't pick up an injury ahead of Euro 2016. They would have had their hearts in their mouths when he was treated for cramp but he scored his penalty in the shoot-out with a minimum of fuss so there's not much to worry about.

Worst moment

There were highs and lows for both sides, but we can all agree that this was one of the lowest moments ever seen on a football pitch.

Mark Clattenburg, what on earth are you doing?