Manchester United goalie David De Gea believes his former club, Atletico deserved the UCL more than Real Madrid.
The rojiblancos lost 5-3 on penalties to the los blancos after playing 1-1 at the end of extra time.
Nevertheless, the Spain international has stated Atleti had a much tougher route to the final and deserved to be champions of Europe.
“I think the Atleti eliminated very complicated rivals and probably deserved to win the competition more than Real Madrid,” he told AS.
“I did not cry but I suffered from the outset.
“Atletico have suffered greatly in recent years. They have not had the luck they deserved, but they have to keep believing in the club and the team they have.”
De Gea made 69 appearances in his two seasons at Atletico after emerging through their youth system and the goalkeeper says the club remains close to his heart.
“I have spent many years there and the club is a fighter,” he said.
“Atleti gave me everything. They helped me to play at European level and that I will always carry in my heart.”