Real Madrid lifted the 13th, their third consecutive Champions League, a milestone in modern football, only within reach of the biggest team in European football history.
Bale started as a substitute but ended up as the incontestable star, Liverpool unable to recover after Mo Salah’s injury, no matter how much Mane tried.
Three Champions Leagues in a row, four in five years, in the most demanding era seen, with Messi, and many others in opposition… Real have earned the right to boast of being the best Madrid in history.
Their new coronation in Kiev takes them to the very top and their numbers are already relateable to the team of the first five European Cups.
Rivals make this current side even better: this was the Champions League of Paris Saint-Germain, Juve, Bayern and Liverpool.
How many players in this team are also the best in their position in Real’s history?
Carvajal, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo… Half team, at least. No doubt.
Only the chosen ones can appear in Champions League finals and score a goal like the one from Gareth Bale.