Gareth Bale's Champions League Wondergoal Didn't Make UEFA's Goal Of The Season Shortlist
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UEFA's Goal of the Season has been released and there's one quite incredible omission.
Gareth Bale's awe-inspiring overhead kick against Liverpool in the Champions League has been overlooked despite many people deeming it to be one of the best goals in the history of the competition.
Zinedine Zidane's reaction to THAT goal :joy:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 3, 2018
"What have I just seen?!" :flushed:
Caption it... pic.twitter.com/1OXkMxBs5O
On as a substitute, Bale made his presence felt mere minutes after entering the fray in Kiev, acrobatically walloping home past Loris Karius after getting on the end of Marcelo's in-swinging cross.
It left everyone absolute gawking but hasn't made the cut for the goal of the season competition UEFA are running. The reason being? Only one Champions League goal was allowed to be selected and experts opted for Cristiano Ronaldo's overhead kick a couple of rounds earlier against Juventus, his new employers.
OH. MY. WORD! :scream:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 3, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo with an outrageous overhead kick!
Insane! :clap::clap::clap: pic.twitter.com/PYtT0uRTQ9
Incredibly, both goals were scored in the exact same minute and though most people would probably say Bale's edge it, UEFA clearly think otherwise.
64 - In the Champions League 2017/18, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale scored their bicycle kick goals in the same minute:- OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 27, 2018
63:03 - Cristiano Ronaldo vs Juventus
63:01 - Gareth Bale vs Liverpool
The Welshman can count himself very unlucky that his piece of sheer brilliance has not been properly acknowledged by the governing body but we doubt he'll be losing sleep over it.
Dimitri Payet and Christian Eriksen are both in the mix for the worldies they scored last term, but you can almost guarantee that Ronaldo will be taking home the gong.
Here are the other nominees:
Lucy Bronze (Lyon vs Manchester City)
Olga Carmona (Switzerland vs Spain)
Elisandro (Sporting CP vs Inter)
Elliot Embleton (Turkey vs England)
Christian Eriksen (Republic of Ireland vs Denmark)
Paulo Estrela (Porto vs Besiktas)
Eva Navarro (Germany vs Spain)
Dimitri Payet (Marseille vs Leipzig)
Goncalo Ramos (Slovenia vs Portugal)
Ricardinho (Portugal vs Romania)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid)
Fans can vote for their favourite on the official UEFA website. Mario Mandzukic was the winner last season.