Real Madrid will vie to win an unprecedented 11th European title on Saturday when they face rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.
Having defeated Wolfsburg and Manchester City en route to Milan, Los Blancos are one victory away from overtaking Barcelona as the Champions League’s most successful side since the competition's reform in 1992.
They face a huge test to do so in 1-0 specialists Atletico, but when armed with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, it’s hard to look past victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
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And for one of Real’s star players, he would be willing to make an almighty personal sacrifice to ensure his side run out winners at the San Siro.
That man is Bale who, according to The Sun, would cut off his trademark ponytail if it meant lifting the Champions League trophy.
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The Wales international said: “For the Champions League? Maybe, but all I have to do is win it!”
Real will care very little about the state of Bale’s barnet so long as he delivers the goods against Atletico, much like he has done for the majority of this season.
Nineteen goals and 10 assists in 23 La Liga appearances is a phenomenal return for someone who has endured various injury problems, suggesting he’s capable of becoming Real’s leading man for the foreseeable future.
At 31-years-old, Ronaldo is far from on the wane, but it’s about time Real started planning for the future in the knowledge that their Portuguese superstar is approaching the latter days of his career.
Even Ronaldo’s son seems to be aware that Bale is the perfect successor to his father at the Bernabeu, with Cristiano Jr. reportedly claiming the Welshman is the faster of the two.
His five-year-old son said, according to the Portugal international: “My son has changed my life in many aspects. I always said it was a dream to have a son, he changed me a lot.
“Sometimes he comes home and says ‘daddy, Bale is faster than you’. And I say ‘what are you on about? No one is faster than your dad’.
“And he said ‘yes but at school they told me he is faster and in an interview Messi said that he’d like to have your right foot’. He comes up with these things and it gives me joy. He’s a kid.”
Ronaldo also quashed any chance of his son supporting arch rivals Barcelona.
“It’s impossible he’ll never tell me he supports Barcelona,” he continued. “If he has the genes of his dad, impossible, I tell you.
“But if it happens I will accept it. Each to his own. I wouldn’t take him to the Nou Camp myself but I’d have to accept it.”