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For the second season running, the Welshman lost his power struggle with Isco for a place in Zinedine Zidane's starting XI but he certainly made up for lost time, scoring twice as Real ran out 3-1 winners against Liverpool in Kiev.

Bale became the first player to come off the bench and score twice in a Champions League final and he got his first after being on the pitch for just two minutes and two seconds.

Enough about all that, though, it was the manner in which Bale regained Real's one-goal advantage that is the key thing here. It was quite possibly the greatest goal ever scored in a major European final. Just watch it.

You know it's good when Zidane rubs his head vigorously in disbelief. That was his reaction when Cristiano Ronaldo scored an absurd bicycle kick against Juventus in the quarter-final and he did so again as Bale's overhead kick arced beautifully over Loris Karius.

Marcelo will claim the assist for it but really his cross into the box on his weaker right foot was sent in hopefully rather than with any real accuracy.

Some overhead kicks zoom into the back of the net, like Wayne Rooney's against Manchester City. Others loop in, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's against England.

For nearly two decades, Zidane's goal in the 2002 final against Bayern Leverkusen stood alone as the greatest Champions League final goal in the history of the competition.

Zidane too scored a left-footed volley via an optimistic punt into the box from a Brazillian left-back. It was on Zidane's supposedly weaker foot which elevates it somewhat, but Bale's has to be better. Even Zidane would probably admit that.

Zinedine Zidane's goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 final is one of the greatest ever (Getty Images)

Bale's first was memorable for all the good reasons but the second will haunt Karius for the rest of his days.

Liverpool's keeper made an inexplicable mistake for Real Madrid's first goal and unfortunately for him he was at fault for the third too, somehow allowing Bale's speculative hit-and-hope from distance to squeeze through his fingers.

After coming off the bench to transform the game in Real's favour, Bale was coy on what the future holds for him following a stop-start campaign under Zidane.

"I had a five or six week injury at the start of the season so obviously now I have to sit down in the summer and discuss it with my agent and we'll take it from there."

All is not well in the Bale camp then it seems but following that utterly ridiculous strike, he certainly won't be short of potential suitors...