I thought it was our time to win, says Juve's Bonucci

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"He has been our coach for 17 months but he has done everything possible".

"Again, I've had an incredible season". I prepared myself to be fit in the final phase of the season and I managed to score important goals as well. "Every player in the squad has played their part, and that's been the key factor this season".

The Spanish champions were utterly dominant after the break, however.

"I've spoken to the boys already but I'm sure they'll be working hard and yes, I'll be watching and praying we get the three points".

"To win it three times in four years means a lot".

Bale came off the bench in his home city of Cardiff as Zinedine Zidane's side swept aside Juventus 4-1 to become the first side to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.

Ronaldo has now scored at least twice as many Champions League goals as any other player in the quarter-finals (20), semi-finals (13) and finals (4). We are winning trophies and I am happy'. "He knows that we are a very good team and that is why we proved it in the second half".

"Buffon will still be goalie next season and Barzagli with be with us for another year".

"We thought we had enough to win the game", he said.

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The team was first feted by Madrid's mayor and regional president before the players got on an open-top bus for a slow ride through throngs of supporters to a packed Cibeles square, Madrid's traditional gathering spot for celebrations.

Bale replaced Karim Benzema in the second half as the Spanish champions romped to their 12th European Cup victory in Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

"People won't be able to criticise me because the numbers don't lie".

Cristiano Ronaldo understandably took the accolades as his two goals helped to fire Real Madrid to a 12th European Cup but fundamental to their triumph over Juventus on Saturday was midfielder Luka Modric.

"He said at half-time that we needed to be more aggressive, to not allow Juve to keep the ball easily like they did in first half after our goal".

"I can not explain why we played like we did in the second half".

With Zidane's words ringing in their ears, Madrid were revitalised in the second half, scoring three times to seal the famous "cup with the big ears". "They showed their class and the attitude needed to play in this kind of game".

Local boy Bale made a late cameo appearance, coming on for Karim Benzema in the 77th minute with the job done.