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Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund: Player ratings | UEFA Champions League final

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The UEFA Champions League anthem rang around the walls of the mighty Wembley Stadium for the last time this season late on Saturday night as two teams took on the ultimate test in a bid for glory.

Real Madrid, the perennial favourites and the kings of the competition made a strong case to take home their 15th title. In their way, however, stood a mighty Borussia Dortmund who simply would not cave in.

In what will go down as one of the most tense and enthralling finals in recent years, the Yellow Army piled pressure on Los Blancos like very few teams have been able to this season. The first 45 minutes saw them overrun the favourites quite convincingly.

Absorbing the pressure inflicted on them for the better part of 70 minutes, Real Madrid slowly took control of the proceedings and found the much-required break through Dani Carvajal in the 74th minute. Eight minutes later, Vinicius Jr scored a lovely goal to provide his side with a cushion and seal the win.

The kings of the Champions League thus secured their historic 15th title, sending away a legend in Toni Kroos with the best possible farewell. A night to remember, one filled with ecstasy and emotion to no end.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from the finale of the UEFA Champions League.

Thibaut Courtois: 8

It was clear for weeks that Thibaut Courtois was best placed to start the UCL final, and the Belgian international did not do much wrong at Wembley.

Indeed, he was far from his best and even lucky that the opposition hit the woodwork and missed glaring opportunities in the first period. Yet, Courtois did make two vital saves in the opening period and a massive save to deny Füllkrug’s header close to the hour mark.

Ferland Mendy: 8

With Marcel Sabitzer and Jadon Sancho both charging down his flank, Mendy was one of Real Madrid’s most busy defenders at Wembley and it is safe to say that he dished out a decent performance. 

Given the pressure that was mounted on him, Dortmund inevitably got past his block at times on the night. Yet, he did hold his ground for the better part of the game and won 100% of his duels.

Nacho Fernandez: 6.5

A subpar performance from the captain who recorded only two defensive actions in the first 45 minutes when Los Blancos were on the constant back-foot. Not much changed after the break.

Antonio Rudiger: 7.5

Starting the UCL final as Real Madrid’s leader in defence, it is safe to say that Rudiger did not have the most memorable first half against Dortmund. The Germans regularly broke through Los Blancos’ block through central channels and the veteran did not provide the expected protection.

Returned stronger after the break, effectively closing down the leaks in defence.

Dani Carvajal: 9

The Real Madrid captain faced the heat going up against a fiery Karim Adeyemi and often came up second-best in 1v1 situations with the pacey winger. 

Dortmund feasted on Carvajal’s slow legs in the second period of the first half, and while the first half was not memorable for him, he did produce a vital last-ditch clearance.

Pummeled a well-worked header past Gregor Kobel to give his side the lead in the 74th minute, earning himself the headline on the covers.

Toni Kroos: 8.5

Playing his last-ever game for Real Madrid, Kroos played with unreal composure through the 90 minutes. Patient and meticulous with transitions to attack, the German superstar’s distribution was impeccable.

Came up with the match-winning assist to Carvajal from the corner spot, working the ball to perfection with his trademark magical set-piece ability.

Eduardo Camavinga: 7.5

Operating as the pivot in the absence of Aurelien Tchouameni, Camavinga did well to hold his own defensively. Was indeed cut through multiple times in the opening period but solidified after the break.

Federico Valverde: 8

Valverde was perhaps the Merengues’ single-most important player in the first half as he worked relentlessly across the field to cut down Dortmund’s counters and create threats for Real Madrid. Completed 94% of his passes and provided one key pass at Wembley, but his impact fizzled out as the game progressed.

Jude Bellingham: 7

Going up against his former side, Bellingham was largely silent through the opening period and did not create any tangible threat in the final third.

Not a whole lot changed in the second period, although he did come very close to scoring in the 77th minute.

Vinicius Jr: 9.5

The Brazilian superstar did not see as much of the ball as he would have liked in the opening half but was indeed the team’s only threat in attack on the few occasions they did charge forward.

Turned into the protagonist in the second period when Real Madrid turned up the heat in attack, regularly getting into the Dortmund box. Scored the team’s second goal on the night with a calm finish from distance, sealing the team’s win.

Completed the game with a stunning eight successful dribbles and twelve duels won.

Rodrygo Goes: 7

Rodrygo was barely visible in the opening 45 minutes, completing just nine passes and not a single dribble in the process. Was better after the break but nowhere close to the expected level.

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Five players who will be fixed starters for Real Madrid next season

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Following a successful campaign, Real Madrid are poised for significant changes in their roster due to a combination of player arrivals and departures.

The responsibility of blending new faces with established stars will fall to coach Carlo Ancelotti and his staff as they aim to maintain the club’s competitive edge domestically and in Europe.

And to predict the team’s probable strategy and performance amidst these changes, it is imperative to identify the key players who will be constant starters.

Kylian Mbappe

The new talisman. (Photo by ROMAIN PERROCHEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

With Real Madrid no longer viewing Mbappe through rose-tinted lenses and finally being able to dress him in the royal white jersey, the Frenchman is expected to be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Owing to his instinctive nature to find the back of the net, he is poised to be paired alongside Vinicius Jr. in attack.

Last season, the 2018 World Cup winner scored a whopping 44 goals in all competitions. Thus Real Madrid will be banking heavily on Mbappe’s ability to ask questions of opposition defenders in the final third.

It is being said that Mbappe is all set to wear the iconic number 9 jersey at Real Madrid, which is indicative of the role he will play, as a focal striker.

Vinicius Jr.

The main man at Real Madrid. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Brazilian is in pole position to win the Ballon d’Or this year, and looking back on his season with Real Madrid, it is easy to see why.

Despite losing Karim Benzema, his usual partner in crime over the past few years, Vinicius performed remarkably well in Ancelotti’s new system.

Relentlessly taking on defenders, arriving into space, scoring goals, and stepping up in the biggest of moments, he was one of Real Madrid’s major lynchpins throughout the season as they lifted a historic double.

Vinicius impressively racked up 24 goals last season, and given his importance to the team, the likelihood of him not maintaining a starting role next season is nearly nonexistent.

Jude Bellingham

Real Madrid Fans’ Player of the Season. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Defying all expectations in his debut season, Jude Bellingham established himself as a key player for Real Madrid, demonstrating exceptional versatility, and maturity far beyond his years.

Although the Englishman’s performances wavered in the final stretch of the season, Bellingham’s contributions ensured Los Blancos were able to compete in the Champions League and especially La Liga.

In addition to scoring 23 goals in all competitions, he has constantly been a beacon of reliability in midfield and has proven to be the voice of reason on the pitch.

There have been murmurs about Bellingham potentially being berthed deeper next season as Real Madrid intends to use him as Kroos’ replacement. However, given his versatility, he is expected to be a crucial player wherever he plays.

Antonio Rudiger

A mainstay at the back. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Rudiger is one of the major reasons Real Madrid managed to successfully disguise their injury crisis. Despite players falling like dominos in the back-line, the German stood resolutely as a dependable figure for most of the campaign, arguably enjoying one of his best seasons.

Expertly anticipating opposition strikers’ movements, he leaps forward to thwart attacks before they begin. Moreover, thanks to his large stature and incredible recovery pace, he is able to cover distances behind.

Reports have mentioned that Carlo Ancelotti views him as a crucial component of the squad and potential arrivals, such as those of Leny Yoro and Rafa Marin, in the back-line are unlikely to devalue his presence.

Thibaut Courtois

Back like he was never gone. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

In spite of spending more than half of the campaign on the sidelines recovering from an ACL and MCL injury, Courtois is worth his weight in gold for Real Madrid.

He performed admirably in the final few games of the season and did no wrong against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

While Andriy Lunin made up for his absence with flying colours, he is placed below Courtois in the pecking order for now, which also has made the Ukrainian lean towards an exit.

The fact that Lunin, after his sublime season, stands no chance of dethroning Courtois between the sticks is a testament to how much the club appreciates the Belgian. Even at the age of 32, the Belgian keeper is anticipated to retain an important role in the team.

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