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Bale, Ronaldo drop hint leaving Real after final triumph

Published on: 5:15 pm - Monday | May 28, 2018

 Currentnews.com.bd

Gareth Bale proved his worth to Real Madrid by delivering the Champions League trophy with a sensational two goals after coming off the bench in the 3-1 win over Liverpool in Saturday’s final but then declared he would have to consider his future at the club. on the another hand, Cristiano Ronaldo may have played his last game for Real Madrid, saying he would soon make an announcement on his future.
Real’s record signing had been left out of the starting line-up for the final for the second year in a row as coach Zinedine Zidane played Isco instead, fielding the same side that beat Juventus 4-1 in last year’s final in Bale’s home city of Cardiff.
The former Tottenham Hotspur forward grabbed his opportunity in emphatic fashion after replacing Spain midfielder Isco just after the hour mark, conjuring up an inspired overhead kick to put Madrid back in front in the 64th minute, after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema’s opportune opening goal.
Bale then sealed Real’s record-extending 13th European Cup with a long-range strike which flew through the hands of Liverpool’s hapless goalkeeper Loris Karius, ensuring he pocketed a remarkable fourth Champions League winners’ medal since moving to the Spanish capital in 2013.
“It has to be the best goal in a Champions League final, there is no bigger stage,” Bale said of his jaw-dropping strike which put Madrid on their way to a third consecutive Champions League triumph. “I am just happy to get the win. It is a team game but when you are a substitute, it is a game of more than 11 players. I made an impact.”
Bale, however, said he was not happy to have been left out of many of Real’s biggest games this season and admitted he would have to think long and hard about his future at the club where he has won so much.
Bale also scored in Real’s 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the 2014 final, striking the goal that put Madrid ahead in extra time and on their way to finally landing ‘La Decima’, the 10th European crown they had craved for 12 years.
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