Gareth Bale's final strike snubbed in Champions League goal of the season poll

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THAT goal...

The world of football watched in disbelief as Gareth Bale scored one of the best goals of all-time to give Real Madrid the lead over Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Marcelo’s right-footed cross, lacking in flight and delivered into the top of the box was phenomenally dispatched into the back of the net by the Welshman by means of a bicycle kick.

As incredible as the acrobatic effort was, what’s perhaps even more incomprehensible is the fact that it wasn’t voted the competition’s Goal of the Season.

Instead, the much raved about strike came in third with just 12 per cent of the votes on UEFA’s website, beaten by team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo‘s own bicycle kick against Juventus (18 per cent) which took second place.

However, another Bale goal took top spot. The winger’s sumptuous volley against Borussia Dortmund in the group stages secured 19 per cent of the votes to win the poll.

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Jurgen Klopp.

Despite recently signing a new deal at Tottenham, Mauricio Pochettino is considered the favourite to replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager.

However, it’s Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp who seems to be the popular choice among fans.

Following Zidane’s shock resignation on Thursday, AS.com ran a poll and Klopp, whose side lost to Los Blancos in the Champions League final last month, won the majority of votes among fans for who should be the next Madrid head coach.

The Liverpool manager got 41 per cent of the 120,000 votes, beating Pochettino’s 34 per cent, Joachim Low’s 15 per cent and Arsene Wenger’ nine per cent.

However, Klopp’s contract at Liverpool runs until 2022 and the German clearly has every intention to remain at Anfield next season having already added Naby Keita (whose signing was agreed last summer) and Fabinho from AS Monaco.

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Cristiano Ronaldo revealed Real Madrid exit plan before Champions League final - reports

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A summer rarely goes by without a Cristiano Ronaldo exit story – but this time he’s told his team-mates that he’s quitting Real Madrid for good.

At least that’s according to Spanish outlet Marca, who claim that Ronaldo had let his colleagues know he was seeking a fresh start weeks before the Champions League final.

That night in Kiev saw Los Blancos run out 3-1 winners over Liverpool, and while the Portugal superstar was on the periphery of the action then, he ignited talk immediately after the final whistle.

“It’s been beautiful to play for Real Madrid,” said Ronaldo, hinting that his days in the Spanish capital were over.

Ronaldo is thought to be content to be on a holding pattern as the reverberations from Zinedine Zidane’s departure, and the World Cup in Russia, takes most of his attention.

His most likely destination would be Paris Saint-Germain – freeing up Neymar to move the other way.

However, the 33-year-old’s 1 billion release clause is an obvious stumbling block and ultimately, the club holds many of the cards over a potential move.

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