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Zidane called it quits after the Galacticos’ clinch of their 3rd consecutive European title and the two footballing figures never spoke after.
The one decision of the former Madrid manager’s that raised a few eyebrows amongst the fans was his decision to bench Bale during the final. Despite going through an usual bout of recurring injuries, the Welshman was deemed fully fit for the showdown at Kiev but still got to see Lucas Perez get fielded ahead of him.
Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, Bale said, “I was really frustrated not to start,” he says. “I’d played pretty well since coming back from the last little niggle I’d had in December. I scored five goals in my last four league games of the season and felt like I deserved to be involved from the start.”
“I was desperate to get onto that pitch. When I ran on I was still a bit angry, and that’s probably why I did what I did next.
“I’ve watched the goal back a couple of times. I didn’t feel like I had a point to prove – I wanted to do it for myself and the team. If you play in any final you want to be going home with the trophy, no matter what it takes. If it meant waiting to come on for the last 30 minutes, so be it.”
“He didn’t talk to me about it – I still haven’t spoken to him since. Our relationship was good. I wouldn’t say we were best mates, it was just a normal professional relationship.”