Congratulations on Real Madrid CF for winning this year’s trophy and their unprecedented 12th title. This final was never really in doubt for Los Merengues and manager Zinedine Zidane has a lot of credit to take for this victory and for clinching La Liga title that preceded this triumph.
Even though Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace and is now in pole position to win a fifth Ballon d’Or, let’s remember that the appointment of “Zizou” as the manager of Real Madrid CF in January 2016 has changed a lot of things. At the time, under Rafael Benitez, Los Blancos, despite not having a bad record, lost a few games such a 4-0 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu against arch-rivals, FC Barcelona.
President Fiorentino Perez, never shy of “pulling the trigger” when it comes time to making a manager’s change, decided to give the keys to the man who was coaching Real Madrid B team at the time. The results since that then have been nothing short but spectacular. Los Blancos made a run to win La Liga title up until the end of the last season, only to witness FC Barcelona win at the end. They’ve also reached the Champions League final and beat Atlético de Madrid on penalty kicks for their 11th Champions League triumph. This season, they’ve won La Liga (for the first time since 2012, under José Mourinho) and became the first team ever to repeat as Champions League winners. A double.
Can Real Madrid achieve the same amount of success next and for years to come? We shall see. Until today, with Zinedine Zidane at the helm, it has been all business for La Casa Blanca.