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Giggs: Bale 'greatest' Welsh player I've seen

27 May 2018

Bale's absence from the Real Madrid starting XI for their Champions League final clash with Liverpool will have hurt.

The 33-year-old helped Los Blancos beat Liverpool 3-1 in Saturday's Champions League Final, the club's third successive title.

Ronaldo's teammates Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Marcelo and Isco all also celebrated their fourth UCL trophy with Real, while Toni Kroos also claimed his fourth UCL title - three with the Spanish giants and one with Bayern Munich.

So, which was better?

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane immediately shrugged off the speculation and said: "We do not think about that".

"The ball goes into him it sticks, I've seen him produce in many big games where does produce the goods and allow other players to perform around him".

Bale suggested in a post-match interview he will seek to leave Madrid if he is not given assurances over receiving more starts and Zidane accepted he could have played the former Tottenham winger more often.

"It was an awesome impact, but you're not that surprised in one respect because of what Gareth is capable of and what he's already achieved".

"Great players turn up and make the difference and he's done it twice now in Champions League finals". After leaving the pitch in tears, the Egypt forward will be fearing the worst for his hopes of going to a first World Cup next month.

Giggs: Bale 'greatest' Welsh player I've seen