Gareth Bale answers GOAT debate as he picks the greatest player to win Champions League
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Real Madrid legend Gareth Bale gave his verdict on the GOAT debate by answering a question on the greatest player ever to win the Champions League.
The Welshman scored twice off the bench, including an incredible bicycle kick, to write himself into club folklore.
He also received a winners' medal last season as Los Blancos again defeated Liverpool in the final, but Bale played no part in the match despite being named in the squad.
This year, he will watch the Champions League final between Manchester City and Inter Milan from a different perspective, having retired from professional football in January following the 2022 World Cup.
And prior to tonight's clash between City and Inter in Istanbul, Bale answered a series of questions from PlayStation - including who believes is the greatest player to win the Champions League.
Bale names Champions League GOAT
The former forward lifted four of his five Champions League crowns alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portuguese legend also having five to his name after winning the 2008 final with Manchester United.
Despite media speculation, the Welshman stated in 2019 that he never had a problem with Ronaldo, and loved playing alongside him at the Bernabeu.
Bale formed a potent trio at Real with Ronaldo and Karim Benzema - the latter of whom will leave the Spanish giants this summer to join Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad.
When asked by PlayStation to name the best player to have won the Champions League, however, Bale did not pick any of his former team-mates. Instead, he opted for Barcelona legend Lionel Messi, who has won the competition four times.
• Best player to have ever won the UEFA Champions League?— All About Argentina 🛎🇦🇷 (@AlbicelesteTalk) June 10, 2023
Gareth Bale: “Messi.”
He did take a few seconds to think about his answer, however, meaning there surely must have been several contenders. But his answer makes it clear as to who he believes the greatest winner of the famous trophy is.
Messi's attempts at winning a fifth Champions League title have now been put on hold after he announced he would be joining MLS franchise Inter Miami this summer.
The Argentinian is taking the same path as Bale in leaving Europe for the United States - but it is unclear as to whether Messi will end his career in the MLS.
Gareth Bale was answering questions at PlayStation House.