When it comes to the Champions League, there's no stopping Real Madrid.
They may be second best to Barcelona of late domestically, but Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to make yet more history in Europe indeed. Billed as a duel between Ronaldo and Liverpool's Mo Salah, Gareth Bale instead grabbed the spotlight coming off the bench.
Salah, meanwhile, left the game
in tears in the first half after injuring his shoulder and his World Cup campaign with Egypt is in doubt.
"Salah's injury is very serious," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. "It does not look good."
Real Madrid's European resume does look good, though. It is now three titles in succession to match Bayern Munich's feat from 1974-76 and no team has won more than Los Blancos' 13 crowns overall.
Little wonder that Real Madrid's energetic left-back Marcelo proclaimed: "This is a legendary side." Midfield wizard Luka Modric used the word "dynasty."
"To score a goal like that on the biggest stage in world football is a dream come true," said Bale. "I've never actually scored a bicycle kick. I've had many attempts and it's been something I've always wanted to do."
Let the debate begin: Which was the better goal, Bale's or Ronaldo's overhead kick against Juventus in the semifinals?
The Welshman would go on to collect his second in the dying minutes to put the Reds away.