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Cristiano sees a bright Madrid future: "A new era has started"

Zinedine Zidane's side have won three Champions League titles in four years and the average age of the squad is 26.5 years old.

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Real Madrid have laid the foundations for a lasting dynasty in Europe after claiming three Champions League titles in four seasons under Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane.

The Italian took over at the Bernabéu from José Mourinho and calmed the turbulent waters left behind by the Portuguese and Zidane has continued in his mentor’s image during his time at the club, promoting a sense of unity and mirroring Ancelotti’s avuncular approach to the players.

Real Madrid regenerating successfully

The result is the club’s first Liga and European double since 1958 and with an average squad age of 26.5 years of age there could be plenty more to come, especially with new blood in the form of Marcos Llorente (22), Jesús Vallejo (20) and Theo Hernández (19) likely to join the first team next season. Vinícius Júnior (16) will arrive in the next year or two and Real are likely to join the bidding war for Kylian Mbappé (18) this summer.

Real Madrid marked an era in the 1950s in winning five consecutive European Cups and Zidane could be the man to oversee something similar at the Bernabéu in the new century. The Frenchman said, unsurprisingly, that he will remain at the club after his side’s success in Cardiff and with the likes of Isco, Marco Asensio and Casemiro securing their places in the first team he has the ingredients to do so.

Cristiano Ronaldo excited at potential

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke enthusiastically after his brace in the final against Juventus of “a new era beginning” at the Bernabéu. The Portuguese has learned to ration his pitch time this season while also converting from an out and out winger to a more central role, one that has reaped 42 goals in all competitions.