But having become the first side to successfully defend the Champions League trophy – in fact the first back-to-back European champions for 27 years – Gareth Bale believes they are on the cusp of greatness.
Two goals from superstar Cristiano Ronaldo along with strikes from Casemiro and Marco Asensio shattered the resolve of Juventus and ensured Real were crowned kings of the continent for a record-extended 12th time.
Bale admits that only time will tell exactly where this side stands in the Spanish giant’s Hall of Fame.
Plenty will still believe this generation still has some way to go before they can be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Francisco Gento and Ferenc Puskas, who won the European Cup five times in a row.
But Bale is confident this incarnation can achieve similar greatness after completing a La Liga and Champions League double this season.
“I don’t see why we can’t be in that company. We have won the Champions League three times in four seasons so we have to be in that category,” he said. “All we can keep doing is keep working hard and hopefully there will be more to come.
Gareth Bale believes this current squad belongs among the all-time greats
We have won the Champions League three times in four seasons so we have to be in that category
“We can get even better. We are still quite young as a whole team and we haven’t just got a great XI, we have a great squad so if any injuries come along there are other people who can do a job.
“We are strong at the moment. We are very confident and the plan is to win more.
“This just adds to the history of the club. This club is the biggest ever in Champions League history. It’s great to be a part of and we want to make more.”
That sentiment was echoed by midfield maestro Luka Modric, who said: “We feel like an amazing team, and we need to just keep doing what we are doing, because we can win many more titles in the future.
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“How long can it last? It’s difficult to say. We are good age-wise and we have young players that are coming in that have a lot of quality. This is only a positive thing for the team.”
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In the face of such a line-up, Juve had made a decent start and should have been in front at half-time. The Italians had been the better side and despite the fact Ronaldo swept the ball in on 20 minutes to snatch the lead for Real, they refused to buckle and seven minutes later Mario Madzukic scored a stunning overhead kick to underline they can attack a bit as well as defend.
Then the wheels came off in a three-minute spell early in the second half, during which Casemiro’s deflected goal was quickly followed by a second from Ronaldo.
Juve suddenly looked like an ageing boxer who had taken one punch too many and were ready to be counted out. It came with a chilling one-two – Juan Cuadrado was sent-off and Asensio delivered the fourth right at the death.
For Ronaldo it was a sensational finale to a season which must now end with him winning his fifth Ballon D’Or. He is the competiton’s top scorer with 12 goals and collected the 20th trophy of his career – at the scene of his first, the 2004 FA Cup with Manchester United.
Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon said beforehand that this game wasn’t a case of him versus Ronaldo. Someone forgot to tell Ronaldo.
Real Madrid have won three of the last four Champions League trophies
He waltzed off with the man-of-the-match award just for good measure and had all of his trademark swagger after yet another match-winning contribution.
“This was a spectacular end to the season with us winning La Liga and now this,” he said. “We set a record retaining the Champions League and I’m top scorer in the tournament. What more could I ask?”
To be voted the world’s top player again, just for good measure?
“We’ll just have to wait and see,” replied Ronaldo, who sounded like a man intent on playing on until he is 40.
“My age is just a number,” said the 32-year-old. “I feel like a young boy.”