Through gritted tweet: Barcelona congratulate Champions League winners Real Madrid

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Barcelona congratulated bitter LaLiga rivals Real Madrid on successfully retaining the Champions League trophy.

No team had gone back-to-back in the Champions League era but that changed on Saturday, when title-holders Madrid defeated 10-man Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero at the Principality Stadium, scoring twice to move a step closer to matching Lionel Messi's record of five Ballons d'Or.

And Barca - albeit through gritted teeth - praised Madrid on social media, having also been dethroned by the Spanish capital club in LaLiga.

In a tweet, Barca wrote: "Congratulations @realmadrid for winning the trophy in Cardiff".

Madrid will now face Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup, before going head-to-head with Barca in the two-legged Supercopa in August.