Champions League Final 2014: Best Performances in Real Madrid's Win

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2014

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Real Madrid celebrate with the Champions League trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Although Atletico Madrid came incredibly close to securing their first Champions League title, it was cross-city rival Real Madrid that came away with the 4-1 win in the final on Saturday.

After Diego Godin scored for Atletico Madrid in the 36th minute, the La Liga champs went into defensive mode and kept their opponents off the scoresheet for the first 92 minutes. However, Sergio Ramos tied things up with a header in the 93rd minute to send the match to extra time.

In the second extra period, Real Madrid opened up the floodgates with a goal by Gareth Bale in the 110th minute. This was followed by a score by Marcelo and eventually a penalty shot by Cristiano Ronaldo to secure the win.

While the goalscorers will get plenty of credit in this memorable match, they were not all the best players on the pitch. Here is a look at the best performances from the win that gave Real Madrid "La Decima."


Angel di Maria

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 09:  Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid in action during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Levante UD at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on March 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Bale was the one who scored the goal in extra time that ended up being the game-winner, but it was a fantastic run by Angel di Maria that led to the score:

Miguel Delaney of ESPN noted that the midfielder deserved the credit:

Chris Kamrani of The Salt Lake Tribune also gave a lot of credit to Di Maria in the match:

The midfielder was all over the pitch throughout the 120 minutes while consistently creating opportunities. Although he was not able to get a goal or even an assist in the win, he is a big reason Real Madrid were able to tie things up and eventually get the win.


Luka Modric

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Gabi of Club Atletico de Madrid puts Luka Modric of Real Madrid under pressure during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by
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Just like he had done all year long, Luka Modric help Real Madrid win thanks to his great ability to control a match and always make the right decision with the ball.

According to, the midfielder completed 89 percent of his passes in the match while winning all four of his aerial duels. He continually made plays toward the end of regulation to try to get Real Madrid their equalising goal before finally connecting with Ramos on a corner:

The corner put in perfection position to allow the defender to head it into the net. While Ramos will deservedly get the credit, it likely would not have been possible without Modric.

Meanwhile, the midfielder did a great job of controlling possession for his side while limiting Atletico Madrid to very few real chances on the attack.

The Croatian star was excellent throughout the match and was a big reason Real Madrid were able to raise the trophy at the end.


Sergio Ramos

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates scoring their first goal in stoppage time during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo b
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He was the hero at the moment his header went into the back of the net and after the win, this play will live on in Real Madrid history:

via Bleacher Report and Fox Broadcast

It really was a perfect header to get his side on the scoresheet and even the match deep into stoppage time. While every Real fan was in love with Ramos at that point, no one was happier than Iker Casillas:

The goalkeeper had made a potentially devastating error to give up the first goal of the match, and it was clear that he would have been the goat had Atletico held on.

Still, it was a great all-around performance by Ramos, who was also excellent defensively to limit the opponent to just a few legitimate opportunities in the entire match. On Friday, the centre-back explained why this was such a big moment, via Fox Sports:

After so many years the reward is to enjoy moments like this. At times football doesn't allow you to enjoy the moment, but this is like a dream. We have worked so hard to get here and we need to bear that in mind tomorrow. We will give everything we have to bring the Champions League home.

Ramos truly did give everything he could in the match and it paid off for the squad to earn its 10th European title.


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