Cristiano Ronaldo understandably took the accolades as his two goals helped to fire Real Madrid to a 12th European Cup but fundamental to their triumph over Juventus on Saturday was midfielder Luka Modric.
And at 32, many have questioned when Ronaldo might begin to slow down.
Feted as one of the finest talents of his generation, Zinedine Zidane has made the transition to management so smoothly that he has already eclipsed some of the game's most hallowed names just 17 months into his spell as Real Madrid boss.
Sergio Asensio put in another goal for good measure making Real Madrid the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League since the tournament changed its name for the 1992-1993 season from the European Champion Clubs' Cup.
"My family is happy and I am happy so we will continue what we are doing".
"If you had told me that I would have won all of this as a coach, I wouldn't have believed it", Zidane said.
'It's been a tough year with a lot of football and the injuries, but the main thing for me is to get my ankle sorted and give it that rest it needs.
Even Real supporters jeered him at stages in a season where Ronaldo's goals ensured a La Liga title and Champions League trophy.
And there might be more celebrations after the off-season break when Madrid face Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in August, before taking on bitter rivals Barca in the two-legged Supercopa de Espana.
The two Spanish clubs have dominated in the Champion League, winning six of the last nine titles, but Madrid had gone 12 years without lifting the trophy while Barcelona and Messi thrived. One player nearly certainly to leave is James Rodriguez, who arrived amid high expectations after the 2014 World Cup but didn't get a lot of playing time under Zidane.
"It's a long season, but I'm motivated, I'm happy".
"We are disappointed. We played very well in the first half, we thought we had enough to win the game", the 39-year-old said. "It was crucial for our performance in the second half".
"What's important is that he was with us", he said, adding: "It was very important for him to reach this final".
"Buffon will still be goalie next season and Barzagli with be with us for another year". In the second half, we saw the best Madrid [performance] of the entire season. When the stars didn't play, the youngsters did and they did well.