Published: 12:23 | 4/6/17

Bale: Dream come true to win Champions League in Cardiff


Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale says it was "dream come true" to capture the Champions League title in his hometown, Cardiff.

Cristiano Ronaldo's two goals helped Madrid in becoming the first side to win back-to-back Champions League titles, as the Spanish side comfortably beat Juventus 4-1 in Wales on Saturday night.

The Italians started the tie on the front-foot, and scored one of the great European Cup final goals when Mario Mandzukic's overhead found the back of the net, but strikes from Casemiro and substitution Marco Asensio completed the win for Real, who now claim their 12th European Cup title.

Bale was introduced from the bench in the latter stages, but insists he was just happy to be declared fit for the final.

“To win at home is a dream come true,” Bale told BT Sport 2. 

“It’s been a hard season and I’ve worked hard. It didn’t seem like I was going to make it to the final but I’ve worked tirelessly at home and it’s the reward you get for all the hard work you’ve put in.

“We’ve made more history. I’m a happy man to win the 12th and we’ll enjoy this moment now.

“What an incredible stadium. The city have done an immaculate job in hosting such a great event and we thank everyone for that.”

Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane also admitted his delight with the monumental win, but insists he is not the best coach in the world.

“It’s been a great season, congratulations to all the players and this great club,” the Frenchman told Antena 3 after the Final.

“With the players we have and by working hard, we can achieve these things. We know this.

“I’m happy. You may not see it, but inside I feel a great satisfaction.

“Best Coach in the world? No, no, not that.

“Will I stay? It’s clear, yes, but now we’re going to enjoy this.”


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