Gareth Bale – the ‘Flying Winger’ or we can say the ‘Flying Welshman’ is one of the most prolific goal-scorer and who matches Usain Bolt-speed with the ball at his feet. The Cardiff native celebrates his 31st birthday today. The Welsh with tremendous speed and a great left foot has scored 127 goals and 33 goals for the club and country. The Madridista has won 4 UCL’s, 2014 Copa del Rey, 2016-17 La Liga season and 3 FIFA Club World Cups for the Los Blancos. In 2010, he revealed himself on the world stage with a breath-taking hat-trick against Inter Milan in classic whites. Well not the Real Madrid whites, you get the idea.
Let’s look at the best goals Gareth Bale has scored in Finals for Real Madrid:
1. vs Barcelona (2013-14 Copa del Rey Final, at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia)
The first goal that Bale scored in a final for the Los Blancos was in 2014. The Welsh scored the infamous goal that went down as the best solo-goal scored in a final. The Copa del Rey final had been ‘a classico’ six times previously. Each side have won three each, before finally the Welsh taking an edge over the Catalans with a brilliant run down the left taking on March Batra before nutmegging Pinto to score the winner in the 85th minute in one of the greatest Spanish football final. This is one of the most celebrated goals of the Welshman only behind his recent UCL final goal against Liverpool. The Welshman had’nt earned any silverware throughout his career until the kick-off of this match. Bale won it in the purest meaning of the term and he ‘d played a major part in the growth of Los Blancos success.
2. vs Atletico Madrid (2013-14 UCL Final, at the Estádio da Luz Stadium in Lisbon)
Gareth Bale in the 2014 Champions League Final at Lisbon helped Real Madrid the long-awaited ‘La Decima’, 12 years after their ninth UCL with a headed goal in the Madrid Derby. Sergio Ramos 90+3 headed goal was one of the most dramatic moments for Real Madrid fans. His goal gave glitter of hope for Bale who scored his first UCL final goal against arch city rivals Atletico Madrid. After Angel di Maria run on the left flank saw him dribble past three Atletico defenders before finally taking a shot. The former Atletico Madrid keeper and current Madridista shot stopper, Thibaut Courtois deflected the ball in an attempt to block the Argentine’s shot after decisively sealing his first UCL win with a vivid header.
3. vs Liverpool (2017-18 UCL Final, at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev)
Bale was a shock exclusion in starting XI for Zinedine Zidane’s squad that lifted the UEFA Champions League title beating Liverpool 3-1 for the record three consecutive UCL titles in a row. Bale scored 2 out of the 3 goals that astonishing night in Kiev claiming the man of the match award. Bale replaced Isco with 61 minutes on the clock, and created a touch of magic to capture Madrid’s thirteenth Champions League trophy. After only being just three minutes on the pitch, Marcelo’s inch-perfect cross to the Welshman who scored a PlayStation kind of goal showing acrobatic abilities to score an overhead kick past Loris Karius. Bale’s goal will go down in the list of all-time greatest goals scored in the Champions League final.