"In 2015 we got to the final and deserved it but perhaps we didn't't feel confident enough because we had come out of a number of years of struggling in the Champions League".
Madrid will be facing a sturdy defense supported by a formidable attacking unit led by Paulo Dybala.
And then, in the middle of all this, Ronaldo scored.
In the second half, Madrid came back with a force to be reckoned with, and and quickly broke free from the deadlock with a goal from Carlos Casemiro in the 60th minute. It would be tempting to say that the personal milestone didn't matter here in Cardiff, but of course it did, it always does.
FACT: Juventus have conceded as many goals in this game as they had in the rest of the campaign.
- Real Madrid won a La Liga title and European Cup double for the first time since 1958.
This was a night where greatness kicked the door in.
There haven't been many in Europe for some time at Juventus. Juventus, for their part, were looking unsafe on the counter.
Ronaldo, however, is unlikely to find much freedom against Juventus, a team with one of the best defenses in soccer.
Sad end: Gigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini after the game. He later joined Real Madrid from Juventus in 2001 and lifted the Champions League title with the Spanish club in 2003. To finish the year with the Champions League and the record.
Juventus had the first real crack at goal as Miralem Pjanic struck a volley from the edge of the area only for Keylor Navas to make a good save low to his right to keep the scoreline unchanged.
Hundreds of Real fans, almost all of them wearing replica shirts, staged impromptu games of football in the busy shopping streets and went through their repertoire of club anthems.
The Italian champions also had substitute Juan Cuadrado sent off after he was shown a second yellow card for a gentle push on Sergio Ramos that drew a comical overreaction from the Madrid skipper.
That made Ronaldo the second man to score in three finals, after Alfredo Di Stefano, who netted in five in a row for Real in the 1950s.
After the break it was Zidane's men who set the tempo.
Hey there, while you're here. "We live football for this and tonight we're all delighted".
But it didn't deter the Real Madrid ace from doing what he does best - scoring on the biggest stage of world football.