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Mere minutes after coming on as a second half substitute in Kiev, with the score at 1-1, Real Madrid star Bale stole the headlines.
A right-footed cross from Marcelo was swung in and Bale judged the flight of the ball perfectly, unleashing a stunning overhead kick that rippled Loris Karius' net and left millions watching around the world in complete awe.
Zinedine Zidane and Bale have never really had the most productive of relationships but the Frenchman, who knows a thing or two about scoring worldie volleys in Champions League finals, produced a priceless reaction to Bale's heroics.
The Welshman added a second goal thanks to a Karius gaffe to give Los Blancos their 13th European title and he later said he was angry about not being given the nod for the final.
"Angry. Quite angry, to be honest," the Welshman admitted in an interview with the Daily Mail.
"Obviously, I felt I deserved to start the game. I'd been scoring goals. So yeah, I suppose it was hard to put the anger aside."
Bale's sublime goal may well be the greatest goal scored ever in the Champions League, though it didn't make the UEFA goal of the season poll because Ronaldo's worldie against Juventus in the quarter final, scored in the exact same minute, got in instead and racked up the votes.
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Cristiano Ronaldo with an outrageous overhead kick!
Insane! :clap::clap::clap: pic.twitter.com/PYtT0uRTQ9
Understandably, Bale couldn't comprehend how he wasn't on the UEFA list.
"I don't know how it wasn't on that list!," he said.
"I want to know who is on the panel because they want to be sacked."
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