Gareth Bale has said winning the Champions League with Real Madrid last season was a dream come true for him.
The forward enjoyed a superb first season at the Santiago Bernabeu following his 91-million-euro switch from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2013. He netted a brilliant solo effort in the Copa del Rey final to help Los Blancos see off Barcelona.
But the highlight for the Welshman was netting the crucial second goal in Real’s 4-1 win over Atletico de Madrid in May. It helped Madrid become the first club to win 10 Champions League trophies, ending a 12-year wait for La Decima.
Ahead of taking on Schalke in the last-16 of this year’s competition, Bale sat down to talk to UEFA.com about his memories of last season. And he admitted he had dreamed of winning the Champions League since he was a little boy.
“A dream come true, literally. I think when you’re a little boy you dream of lifting the Champions League. To lift the tenth one for Real Madrid is special, and one that will go down in history,” he stated.
Bale has endured a difficult few weeks of late and has been criticised by some sections of the Madrid support for being too selfish. He has netted 14 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions this campaign.