Real Madrid has lifted their 13th UEFA Champions League title after beating Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday night at the iconic NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in the Ukranian capital Kiev. The final had many talking points. First it was Sergio Ramos challenge on Mohamed Salah that forced him off in tears. The shoulder injury could also rule him out of the Russia World Cup starting soon. Gareth Bale stole the show.
The second and perhaps the most important taking point was of course two terrible mistakes by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius. The Germany shot-stopper gifted the defending Champions two goals. Karim Benzema took advantage of the first and Gareth Bale stole the show with two more goals after coming off the bench in the second half.
The Welshman created the third talking point after the final whistle. The winger said he is not happy with his manager Zinedine Zidane for leaving him on the bench. He has been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu in recent months due to limited minutes on the pitch. The former Tottenham Hotspurs star believes he deserves to play every week when he is fit but that has not been happening at Madrid.
Gareth Bale has said he will have talks with his agent about his Real Madrid future.
He was not happy about being a substitute for the UCL final.
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‘I need to be playing week in, week out and that has not happened this season for one reason and another. I had a five, six-week injury at the start of the season but I’ve been fit ever since. I have to sit down with my agent and take it from there.
‘I was very disappointed not to start the game, I felt I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions. The best I have been doing is to come on and make an impact, I certainly did. It has to be the best goal in a Champions League final, there is no bigger stage. 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. We know what we have achieved and how good we have been.
Gareth Bale's going to use the summer to consider his Real Madrid future. If he did leave, a Premier League return looks likely. It's definitely going to be an interesting summer pic.twitter.com/LDHYT4cpEg
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‘The league was disappointing but we won the Champions League. It turns out to be a great season. We let everyone else speak (about us). We know how hungry we are in the changing room, how prepared and motivated we are.’
Manchester United has been heavily linked with the winger since January. There are reports that the Red Devils is ready to sell Anthony Martial to create space for the Welshman in the team. It is also the only club ready to match his wage demands.