Gareth Bale admits he hasn't spoken to Zinedine Zidane since the Champions League final


Gareth Bale's overhead kick in last season's Champions League final against Liverpool will go down in history as one of the best ever scored on the biggest stage. 

Just minutes after coming off the bench the Welshman drifted into the box and acrobatically connected with Marcelo's cross, beating Loris Karius in sensational style with his back to goal. 

He even went on to score a second and Real Madrid's third as Los Blancos beat Jurgen Klopp's team to win their 13th European title. 

After his performance in Kiev, Bale probably would have become an instant legend at any other club. 

But at Madrid, he still remains out of favour with some fans. He's had a particularly rough ride of late as the club have massively underperformed so far this season. 

That's not all Bale's fault though and quite rightly, a number of other players have taken some blame too. 


Part of Madrid's struggles are down to the fact that they failed to get going under a new coach. 

Zinedine Zidane resigned from the Bernabeu just five days after winning the Champions League. His replacement, Julen Lopetegui, lasted just a few months in the hotseat before being sacked. 


Zidane's departure caught a lot of people off guard - including Bale himself.

Speaking recently to FourFourTwo, the forward revealed that he had no idea the French coach was leaving - and actually hasn't spoken to him at all since the Champions League final.

"He didn’t talk to me about it - I still haven’t spoken to him since," Bale revealed, before claiming that the pair had a 'professional' relationship. 

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final

"Our relationship was good. I wouldn’t say we were best mates, it was just a normal professional relationship." 


As well as revealing that him and Zidane weren't too close, the Welsh winger also admitted his frustration of not starting the European final in May - and that his anger contributed to his goal.

"I was really frustrated not to start. I scored five goals in my last four league games of the season and felt like I deserved to be involved from the start," he continued.

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

"I was desperate to get onto that pitch. When I ran on I was still a bit angry, and that’s probably why I did what I did next." 

So, anger and frustration played a part in Bale's performance and he did very well to channel those feelings into one of the greatest goals in the history of the competition. 

The way things are going, Real's current coach Santiago Solari might want to think about ticking Bale off too.

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That way, he might start scoring a few more goals, because five goals from 17 La Liga games isn't a great return. 

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