Gareth Bale struggled so hard to explain his excitement after the second Champions League win with Real Madrid. He summarized his feelings by saying, “I’m cramping up!”
Image: Gareth Bale poses with the Champions League trophy after winning it for the second time with Real Madrid.
Gareth Bale’s second Champions League victory with Real Madrid makes him only the second Briton after Steve McManaman to win that competition — or the European Cup — more than once with a foreign club since 1956.
Scotland’s Paul Lambert and England’s Owen Hargreaves are the only other Britons to win the trophy with a foreign club — Lambert with Dortmund in 1997 and Hargreaves at Bayern Munich in 2001.
Four other Britons have been runners-up: Kevin Keegan (Hamburg, 1980), Laurie Cunningham (Real Madrid, 1981), Steve Archibald (Barcelona, 1986) and Chris Waddle (Marseille, 1991).
Bale scored in the penalty shootout with Cristiano Ronaldo getting the decisive goal after a tasking 1-1 deadlock with Atletico Madrid in Milan, Italy.
Image: The Welshman kissing the trophy.
The former Tottenham player told BT Sport in a brief chat: “I can’t feel a lot, to be honest, I’m cramping up. But what an amazing feeling!
“It was difficult in extra time, a lot of people getting cramp, but we showed the resilience, we showed what we’re made of and we won the 11th…
“It’s an amazing feeling, I can’t describe how it feels. The boys gave everything, the club, the fans, they’ve been amazing on this journey, and we deserve it,” added the Welsh professional footballer.