Gareth Bale has said that he has achieved “a dream come true” after Real Madrid defeated Juventus 4-1 to claim an unprecedented consecutive Champions League title.
A double from Cristiano Ronaldo and strikes from Casemiro and Marco Asensio handed Zinedine Zidane‘s side victory over the Serie A champions in what was their 12th title in the competition and its predecessor the European Cup.
Bale had been sidelined for Los Blancos since late April with a calf injury but made the matchday squad and came on for the final 18 minutes of the encounter in his hometown.
“What an incredible scene here, the stadium’s incredible, the city have done such an immaculate job in hosting a great event and we thank everyone for that,” Gareth Bale told BT Sport afterwards.
“But on a personal note, to win at home is a dream come true. It’s been a hard season, I worked hard – at one point I thought I wasn’t gonna make it to the final but I’ve worked tirelessly at home and this is the reward you get for all the hard work you put in.
“We’ve made more history so we’re just very happy to win the 12th and we’ll enjoy this moment now. We knew it was going to be a tight game – it was all about taking your chances and we did that.”