Gareth Bale will probably never score a better goal in his career.
The Welshman’s overhead kick for Real Madrid against Liverpool in the Champions League final last Saturday night will go down as one of the all-time great goals of European football history.
"I just remember Marcelo clipping ball in, it was kind of at right height to give it a go and it was great to get the connection,” Bale told journalists after the match.
The 28-year-old came out with a typically understated description of his wonder-goal.
A big part of him was still fuming that he had failed to make the starting line-up on the night.
Bale had impressed for Madrid in La Liga in the weeks leading up to the Champions League final but Zidane named the former Tottenham star among the substitutes, deploying Isco alongside Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo instead.
Bale, who was named Man of the Match after coming off the bench in the second half and scoring two vital goals, admitted after the game that he may need to leave the Bernabeu this summer.
What happened between Bale and Zidane after the game
It’s been reported that two clubs are currently leading the chase for his signature: Bayern Munich and, unsurprisingly, Manchester United.
However, Bale could yet stay put at Madrid if granted assurances that he will play week-in, week-out next season.
That scenario, though, seems unlikely after The Sun revealed the remarkable snub that Bale suffered from Zidane after the Champions League final.
Despite Bale’s match-winning performance, Zidane did not speak with the world-class forward for over three hours after the final whistle.
It sums up their relationship
This is most peculiar.
You would have thought that Zidane would be desperate to say something - anything - to his super-sub after *that* remarkable goal and all-round performance.
Bale was asked in his post-match press conference whether Zidane had said anything to him after the final in Kiev and he simply shook his head.
Asked to confirm whether Zidane has spoken to him, Bale delivered a firm: “No”.
This, unfortunately, would appear to sum up the loveless relationship between the two.
That Bale doesn’t feel he has the support of his coach, who will be going nowhere after winning a third consecutive European Cup, suggests he won’t be at the Bernabeu beyond this summer.
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