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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.