‘This is why I tried it’ – Gareth Bale on spectacular overhead kick goal in 2018 Champions League final

Gareth Bale may have had his ups and downs at Real Madrid, after sealing a then world record transfer from Tottenham. Despite his ups and downs, the Welshman had some big moments during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

One of biggest highlights of his time at was the goal he scored in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool.

It was a stunning overhead kick goal that helped seal a Champions League final victory for the Los Blancos.

Explaining why he took the decision to do an overhead kick, Bale said: “What’s the point in bringing it down and laying it off? I’ve always had the mentality to go for things. That’s probably what’s helped me on the biggest stage to produce the big moment.

“When a golfer’s under pressure they shoot 71, 70. Imagine on a final day they just went out and didn’t have a care in the world – they’d shoot 62, 63 and win comfortably. I just don’t like it when people play it safe. That’’ probably why I tried that overhead kick in the Champions League final.”

The ex-Real Madrid star also spoke on another  famous goal he scored during his Los Blancos career – his Copa del Rey final winner against Barcelona in 2014. The Welshman scored a sublime solo goal to win his side the trophy.

He said: “It was the only way I could get to the goal. I know [Marc Bartra] is going to do whatever he can to bring me down, try and grab me, because it’s [only] a yellow card on the halfway line. I know if I can get around him then I’m pretty much in on goal.

“It was extra special [as it was against Barcelona] and it was my first final as well.

“I read afterwards, ‘It’s about time he delivered something’. I’ve only been here for about seven months, that’s a bit harsh! I showed my true character that I was able to fight through it. I learned how to deal with the pressure and not take it so seriously. It’s a game of football – it’s not going home and things are wrong in family life or with people’s health.”