Real Madrid gaffer Zinedine Zidane reflected on the dream triumph of winning the UCL, after they saw off bitter rivals, Atletico on penalties at the San Siro.
Zidane is the first Frenchman to win the UCL as a coach and the seventh man to win it as both a player and a manager, just five months after taking over from Rafa Benitez.
Zidane revealed the success had made him feel as proud as former Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti had told him such a triumph would.
He said: “I dreamed this, yes. When the president gave me the opportunity to coach this great club, I knew we could achieve something big.
“It’s huge! Ancelotti told me he hoped I would be able to lift the trophy as a head coach. He told me: ‘If you have a chance of winning as coach, you’ll see it feels nothing like winning the final as a player’ and he was right – it’s a massive joy.
“What I’ve brought is my positive attitude. We have quality, but hard work is even more important – and we’ve all worked hard.
“When you achieve what we’ve achieved all season it means you’ve done well, that the messages have got through, that the players have followed me and that I’ve followed them. That’s how we’ve managed to win this Champions League.
“I have now won Champions League as player, assistant and now head coach – what can I say? I am very proud to be part of this great club for a long time now.
“When you have players of this calibre, with this talent, you can achieve something big like we have.
“When you win something as big as the Champions League, it means a lot – for the players and the technical staff. I’m very happy for everything we’ve achieved together. It’s not easy at all.”