Gareth Bale subbed into Real Madrid’s destruction of Juventus, stepping onto the turf at Millennium Stadium about three miles from where he was raised in Wales.
Bale, 27, fought injuries this year and only scored nine times in 26 matches, but that’s not hurting his glee in being a three-time UEFA Champions League winner.
To do it at “home” is extra special for Bale, but just getting through his injuries to get onto the field in Cardiff means a lot, too. From the BBC:
“What an incredible scene. The city has done an immaculate job in hosting a great event. To win this at home is a great feeling, it’s been a hard season, I’ve worked tirelessly to get fit and these are your rewards.
“We have made history, we’ll enjoy this moment now.. We needed confidence at half-time, and we had to take our chances which we did.”
Will Bale stick around the Bernabeu? Now is not the time to ask the player, but we have to wonder if there’s any better exit than winning a continental title at home.