After firing manager Rafael Benitez, Real Madrid have opted to replace him in the hot seat with one of the club's favorite sons: Zinedine Zidane will be taking over what many see as the most high-pressure coaching job in Spanish football.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the best men's player of 2017, beating Lionel Messi to the top spot. Other notable winners were Zinedine Zidane, as coach of the year, and Lieke Martens, winner of the top women's player.
Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, Atletico Madrid face a seemingly impossible battle to prevent local rivals Real from heading to Cardiff. Atleti can only hope for a memorable European farewell to the Vincente Calderon.
An enthralling match saw the giants from Madrid triumph over the Italian league champions in Cardiff. Real Madrid becomes the first team to win back-to-back European titles since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990.
They may not have a 'philosophy' that makes them fashionable but Real Madrid's success means they are the best team of the Champions League era. Their quietly effective coach deserves more credit, says DW's Matt Pearson.
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