It all started with Zinedine Zidane’s volley against Bayer Leverkusen way back in 2002, so it’s fitting that Real Madrid’s supremacy in major finals has continued under the Frenchman as the LaLiga giants’ coach.
The old saying goes that finals are not to be played by Los Blancos, they are to be won, and since that night at Hampden Park the capital club have won every international final they’ve played.
That adds up to four Champions Leagues, four UEFA Super Cups and three Club World Cups.
In the aftermath of Zidane’s magnificent strike that began this run, Real beat Feyenoord in the Super Cup in Monaco by a 3-1 scoreline before an Intercontinental Cup triumph over Olympia in Japan.
Fast forward to 2014 and Sergio Ramos’ last gasp header prevented an Atletico Madrid win in the Champions League final, a game eventually won by Los Merengues ahead of victories over Sevilla and San Lorenzo in the subsequent winners’ competitions.
With Zidane at the helm, Real again surpassed Atleti in Milan, this time on penalties, in 2016 ahead of a Super Cup rematch with Sevilla and a further trip to Japan for the Club World Cup, beating Kashima Antlers in the final.
And after the impressive dispatching of Juventus in Cardiff to defend their Champions League crown, Madrid have added another Super Cup title to their tally by overcoming Manchester United in Skopje on Tuesday night.
Further glory is on the horizon, too, as Los Blancos travel to the UAE in December for their latest Club World Cup tilt, facing the likes of Pachuca and Auckland City for the honour of calling themselves the globe’s top club side once again.