Gareth Bale may have missed Real Madrid's starting XI, but he made quite the impact in Saturday night's Champions League final.
With the game locked at 1-1 - virtue of goals from Karim Benzema and Sadio Mane - Zinedine Zidane introduced the Welshman after 61 minutes. It was just three minutes later that Bale not only made an impact on the game but the competition's history.
Marcelo cut inside on his right shoot, delivering a decent ball into the Liverpool penalty area, only for Bale to meet the delivery with an astonishing bicycle kick.
The ball looped over the helpless dive of Loris Karius and into the net for an all-time Champions League classic.
Throw in a rather fortuitous second goal and Bale bagged himself the Man of the Match award to accompany his fourth European crown.
Doubts over Bale's future
Nevertheless, questions over his future remain and that certainly wasn't helped by the former Tottenham man's post-match comments.
When asked about his future plans, Bale stated: “I need to be playing week in, week out, and that’s not happened this season. I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it.”
Interesting indeed and a report by the Independent suggests Bale could be waving goodbye to the Bernabeu in style, eyeing a move away this summer.
Bale discussing Man Utd with teammates
In fact, the report explains that Bale considers Manchester United his choice of club by 'some distance' if he took the decision to leave Madrid in the coming months.
He's even told some of his Real Madrid teammates of his possible intentions to move to Old Trafford after such a brilliant note on which to end his career in Spain.
Madrid sources have told the newspaper that he 'greatly wants' the move.
However, there's a catch.
While United have maintained quiet interest in the 28-year-old since 2012, there are worries over the possible wage demands of the winger.
Bale is said to be earning as much as £600,000-a-week in wages and fees, a total United may struggle to match after the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez.
His age and recent injury history has also sparked worries at Old Trafford.
Given the quality of Bale and his openness to securing the move, though, United could yet change their attitude on the transfer and secure it this summer.
There is talk of the Red Devils spending big during the transfer window to close the gap to Manchester City and few moves would alarm Pep Guardiola like this one
Bale seems up for it, so over to you United.
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