Ronaldo hints at shock exit from Real Madrid after Champions League win

Cristiano Ronaldo

GETTY Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Champions League title last night

"And in the end in the finals, it's always the same".

Real are not the best team in Europe but there is a reason they have been champions for three years running and, to match them, Liverpool have to be a little bit stronger and cuter. His latest referencing of the support of the club's fans, as opposed to the hierarchy, has been interpreted as another dart aimed at Real's president.

"I am going to enjoy this moment and in the next few days I will give an answer to the fans, who have always been at my side", Ronaldo told BeIN Sports Spain. "It was very handsome to be with Madrid".

Real Madrid's third successive Champions League triumph rubber-stamped their recent hegemony in European football and underlined their status as a true super club but did not confirm them as one of the all-time great teams.

Along the way he has also scored 450 goals in 438 appearance for Real Madrid.

Ronaldo threatened to overshadow his team's 3-1 UEFA Champions League final win over Liverpool on Sunday (AEST) when he cast doubt over his future. I've won five Champions Leagues, five Ballon d'Ors.

"But I think he feels that as soon as he leaves the room Real Madrid are talking differently and of course he feels frustrated". "Perhaps in three or four days' time he might say something else".

Their depth in talent allowed them to bring on their most expensive player, the 100-million-euro ($116.5 million) Gareth Bale off the bench to win the game when it was poised at 1-1.

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On Bale, Zidane was circumspect.

"Everyone is free to take a personal decision but I hope he stays here for many years", he added.

Where Bale could go is less clear. Other destinations are unclear, though Manchester United has been reported in British media as a possible destination.

Ronaldo has the same number of Champions League wins and two Spanish titles but his performances have been era-defining in a way Bale's are not.

The crestfallen German offered a post-match apology to Liverpool supporters, but Croatia global Lovren said responsibility for the 3-1 defeat rested with the entire team.

Both would leave Madrid with a rich store of memories.

"Who's disappointed? Perhaps they need to change the name of the Champions League to the CR7 Champions League".

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