Cristiano Ronaldo threw an absolute bomb in the bomb even as Real Madrid and its fans were only soaking in their historic victory at the Champions League final in Kiev.
Real Madrid created history on Saturday as they became the only team to win three straight European Cup/Champions League titles twice in their history. Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 at the NSC Olympic Stadium in Kiev to become the first team to lift three straight Champions League titles since Bayern Munich’s feat in 1976.
Contrary to how Ronaldo has ruled the roost in Madrid’s previous Champions League wins, this time Gareth Bale stole the thunder. With his brace, including a stunning overhead kick, Bale led Madrid to the title.
Ronaldo won a total of five Champions League titles, equalling the record of Madrid great Alfredo di Stefano.
However, amidst the cheer, laughs and happiness, Ronaldo hinted that he may have played his final game in the whites of Madrid.
“Right now we need to enjoy ourselves but in the next few days I’ll give an answer to the fans who have always been by my side. It was beautiful to be at Real Madrid,” the Portugal forward told television network beIN Sports after the game.
“The future of any Madrid player is not important, we have just made history.”
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Gareth Bale said he wants to be playing every week — which “has not happened this season” — after leading Real Madrid to the Champions League trophy in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool.
Bale began the game on the bench, but after coming on put Madrid ahead for good with what he agreed was the best goal of his career, a stunning bicycle kick, before adding a second following Loris Karius’ goalkeeping error.
Bale started only 20 of Madrid’s 38 games in La Liga this season and only three times in the Champions League, and he did not shy away from revealing his frustration about his playing time after the game.
“I need to be playing week in, week out, and that has not happened this season,” he told BT Sport. “I had an injury five, six weeks in but fit ever since. I have to sit down with my agent in the summer and discuss it.”
Bale repeated his claim his his postgame news conference and said he would consider leaving the club this summer if he was not fully in Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane’s plans.
“I feel that I need to be playing every week,” he said. “It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, something that I feel like I should be doing. If it’s not the case here, then it’s something I have to really consider and sit down and do.
“I’ll do that in the summer. I have plenty of time now to relax, to reflect on things and see where things go.”
Zidane wouldn’t commit when asked if Bale would get assurances over a place in the starting XI next season, saying: “It might be complicated. But everybody looks out for themselves and takes care of their own thing, and I understand that.”
The Welshman had scored five goals in as many games coming into the final, but Zidane still left him on the bench to start, and Bale said he was happy to make an impact anyway.
“Obviously I was very disappointed not to start the game, I felt I deserved it but the manager makes the decisions,” Bale told BT. The best I have been doing is to come on and make an impact, I certainly did.