Gareth Bale described lifting the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid as “a dream come true” after he scored the decisive goal in Lisbon.
With a pulsating final between city rivals Real and Atletico Madrid finely poised at 1-1, Bale struck five minutes into the second period of extra time to break the hearts of the Primera Division champions.
Having missed several chances throughout normal time, including a clear-cut opportunity when through on goal when the tie was still goalless, Bale held his nerve to steer a header into an empty net after Angel di Maria’s shot was saved by Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Marcelo’s strike and Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty gave the scoreline a rather flattering look as Real claimed a 4-1 victory and finally sealed the dream of ‘La Decima’, their 10th European Cup triumph.
“It’s a dream come true, literally. When you’re a little boy you dream of lifting the Champions League, and to lift the 10th one for Real Madrid is special. It’s one that will go down in history and it’s an amazing feeling.”