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Ronaldo to spearhead Real's quest to break records

This Real Madrid side are not done with the history books yet. Three months after winning their 10th European Cup - three more than any other side - they claimed the Super Cup by beating Seville in Cardiff on Tuesday and started to line up the records ahead of them.

No side since 1990 has retained the European Cup. It has never been done in the Champions League era. For Cristiano Ronaldo, though, records like that are targets, not barriers.

"Madrid are going to be the first team, I hope," he said.

Arrigo Sacchi's AC Milan were the last team to do it, winning in 1989 and 1990, featuring a certain Carlo Ancelotti in midfield. If Ancelotti's Real side triumphs again in Berlin in June they will out-do all the other great teams since, including Pep Guardiola's Barcelona.

Ronaldo gave the best years of his career to fighting against that side, losing the 2009 Champions League final to them with Manchester United, as well as a semi-final in 2011 with Real, before finally overcoming Barça to seize the Spanish title in May 2012. Guardiola resigned weeks later.

One of Guardiola's enduring achievements at Barcelona, though, was to hold six trophies at the same time, after winning them all in 2009. If Ronaldo and Real really want a riposte, they can try to win the same six in 2014-15. They are one down, having won the Uefa Super Cup, and can lift their second next week, with the two-legged Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid, on Tuesday and Friday. "We are going to try to win all the trophies," Ronaldo said. "It's good to win this trophy to give confidence to the team and let's see next Tuesday against Atletico Madrid what we're going to do."

Gareth Bale is also confident of a clean sweep. "We go into every competition looking to win it, so we will always be trying our best and we hope that we can."


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