The winger told Sky Sports: "I feel very proud for the lads. They believe all the time. The lads deserve the Champions League. I looked forward to winning this competition -and we won the Premier League. It's a magnificent season for me."
Ronaldo shrugged off missing his penalty in the shoot-out, adding: "This is football. I don't know what to say.
"I think we're going to lose. I score the goal and miss the penalty. The worst day of my life.
"But the lads did the proper job and I feel very proud for them. It means everything for me."
Van der Sar told ITV 1: "Twelve years ago I lost on penalties and we've won it now. It's unbelievable. We deserve it. It's fantastic."