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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates.

Watch Gareth Bale’s jaw-dropping Champions League final goal

Max de Haldevang
By Max de Haldevang

Geopolitics reporter

Real Madrid started their Champions League final against Liverpool with quite a luxury: superstar Welsh winger Gareth Bale, reportedly bought for around €100 million, was on the bench.

He came on later in the game and scored an unbelievable overhead kick, putting his team ahead, with less than 30 minutes of the match remaining. Real would go on to win its third title in a row, by a score of 3-1.

Bale scored again around 15 minutes later, taking a long-distance shot at Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, who dropped an embarrassingly easy catch, letting the ball fall into the net.

Fans and pundits immediately began comparing the first score to Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane’s wonder-goal in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen. Former England captain Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport he’d “have gone off on a stretcher” if he tried a similar bicycle kick. “Zidane’s was great but that one from Gareth Bale…we were sat here gobsmacked,” Ferdinand said.

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