Bale cant help but laugh as hes given fifth UCL medal after Real Madrids win

Gareth Bale did not try to hide his elation as he picked up his fifth Champions League winners’ medal on Saturday night.

Bale won the competition yet again after Real Madrid edged Liverpool 1-0 at the Stade de France. Vinicius Jr’s goal was enough to win it for Real, who kept Jurgen Klopp’s side at bay with an inspired performance from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Courtois tipped Sadio Mane’s powerful low effort onto the post in the first half before producing a string of stops to keep out Mohamed Salah in the second half. Liverpool had 24 shots to Real’s four but could not find a way past Courtois.

Victory ensured a record 14th European title for Real and a fourth for Carlo Ancelotti, who moved clear of Zinedine Zidane and Bob Paisley as the most successful manager in the competition’s history. It also saw Bale pick up a fifth winners’ medal, following Real’s triumphs in 2014 under Ancelotti and in 2016, 2017 and 2018 under Zidane.

Bale did not play any part in the victory in Paris, remaining on the substitutes’ bench alongside Eden Hazard, Isco and Marco Asensio. But that didn’t stop him lining up to collect another medal and celebrate alongside his team-mates following the final whistle at the Stade de France.

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The Welshman has played a minimal role in Real’s La Liga and Champions League successes this season. He has made just seven appearances across the two competitions, scoring one goal.

The 32-year-old is poised to leave Real on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of June. He has contributed 106 goals and 67 assists in 258 appearances for the club since joining in a £80million move from Tottenham in 2013 and departs with five Champions League wins, three La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, three Club World Cups and two Super Cups.

“Bale has had injuries, then his contract ends – he may not have had a good motivation but he wants to finish here as he deserves,” Ancelotti said when discussing Bale’s impending exit earlier this year. “It's important for Bale to finish his career well here.”

Ancelotti, who left Everton to re-join Real last summer, was delighted to cap the season with another trophy. "I can't believe it. We had a fantastic season. We did really well,” he told BT Sport.

“It was a difficult game and we suffered a lot, more so in the first half. In the end I think we deserved to win this competition. We're really happy. What can I say? I can't say more.”

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