Gareth Bale: My goal against Galatasaray was a career best

Gareth Bale: My goal against Galatasaray was a career best


Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has said the goal he scored against Galatasaray in the Champions League group game was one of the best he has scored in his career.

With Cristiano Ronaldo absent through injury, the Welshman was on free kick duty, and duly delivered when he opened the scoring with a sensational 35 yard effort in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu – shortly after the hosts had been reduced to 10 men with Sergio Ramos receiving the 17th red card of his career.

Los Blancos went on to win the game comfortably, running out 4-1 winners and sealing top spot in the group and a place in the next round with a game to space. Carlo Ancelotti’s men also broke a Champions League record by scoring in their 30th consecutive European game.

Speaking to Real Madrid TV after the game, 24-year-old Bale said his effort was one of the best of his career so far. “I am happy with the game and with the goal. I have been practising my free kicks and luckily this one came off for me. It is one of the best goals of my career,” he stated.

He also said he was pleased with the effort put in by his team mates, particularly after playing the majority of the game with a man less. “We showed character and teamwork to play with one man less,” he said. “There are no limits for what we can achieve in this competition. We have a great chance to win the Champions League this year.”

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