The strained relationship between Bale and Zidane may have led to the Welshman looking for an exit this summer had the French coach not chose to bow out after winning a third straight Champions League in just two and a half years in charge.
As reported earlier, Ronaldo signed a 4-year deal with Juventus for 30 million Euro per year. They were, but this time he meant it. "In Spanish I can talk but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to". Gareth had a great game but I won't focus on one or two, I think the whole team played well on and off the ball, we had lots of chances. "It's normal that there's pressure at Real Madrid". "So yeah, I suppose it was hard to put the anger aside".
Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Juventus against U.S Sassuolo.
Substitute Marco Asensio nearly added a late third with a delightful no-look finish, but Mariano did wrap up the scoring in the first minute of added time with a fantastic turn and strike into the top-right corner on his first appearance since returning from Lyon.
El Confidencial quoted Perez as telling the Real Madrid boss that if they can win the competition by beating Barcelona in the final, which will be held at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano, it would even better.
There is also perhaps a psychological edge to be gained.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted it shouldn't have been a red card, and lamented the fact that video technology has yet to be introduced into the Champions League, as it has been in Serie A. VAR was also used at the World Cup in Russian Federation this year.
Messi is in no doubt about the direction of credit.
But the Wales star would not be denied again when Modric sent him clear, Bale arrowing a shot home with his trusty left boot.
"They already had a good team and now they have Cristiano Ronaldo".