The memes following the 2017 Champions League final were mostly about the history made by Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid, with few criticizing Gianluigi Buffon and the fabled Juventus defense, which didn’t stand their biggest test of the season.
How badly did it go for the “perfect” defense? Juventus gave up 4 goals in one match after allowing only 3 in the previous 12 matches in the competition. Two elite defenders like Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci looked completely dumbfounded by the movement from Ronaldo in the third goal, the one that made them abandon all hope of coming back.
Ronaldo himself, just like Madrid, made some record book keepers do a lot of scratching and rewriting. Most goals in a final, first player to score in three consecutive finals, and quite a few more. Most importantly, Real Madrid are up to 12 Champions League titles, and the first team since the 1989 & 1990 AC Milan team to win it back-to-back, also the first to win it back-to-back in the group stage era.
We finish with Sergio Ramos. Yes, he was fouled by Juan Cuadrado who got sent off, but his embarrassing display of quite a few things as he rolled on the ground way after being touched ever so lightly shows it’s time for this sport to advance into the 21st century, with replay referees and retroactive punishments for players who cheat.