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Real Madrid forward Bale wants Salah's award

La Liga By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 04/12/2018

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has voiced out his dissatisfaction for the award given to Mohammed Salah as he feels he deserves the FIFA ’s Pukas award for the goal of the year ahead of the Liverpool star.

Bale came in from the bench to score two spectacular goals against Liverpool in the Champions League final in Kiev, his bicycle kick earned Real Madrid the second goal of the night and the third came from a long-range shot to seal the trophy for the Los Blancos for the third time in a row.

The Welsh goals were overlooked as votes chose the Egyptian forward goal against Everton in the Merseyside derby in the Premier League ahead of his two superb goals.

On winning FourFourTwo magazine's goal of the year award, Bale said that Salah's victory had "diminished" the status of the Puskas award.

"Yeah, I was surprised by that, to be honest," the Wales international said. "What can you say?

"It makes the award look a little diminished, although it was obviously a great goal by Salah."

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"It was instinctive," Bale said. "I got my body positioned correctly, got my footwork right, and caught it perfectly.

"When you catch the ball perfectly, you know it's on target. You just have to hope the keeper doesn't make an unbelievable save. So, as soon as I hit it, I knew it had a chance of going in. If you watch it, you see my head turn straight away. I knew where the ball was going."

The former Tottenham player accepted it was the best goal of his career to date, especially considering the setting.

"I think you'd have to say that," he said. "There haven't been too many like that!

"I did love the one in the [2014] Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, but as this one was on such a big stage -- the Champions League final, the biggest game in club football -- and technically it was the winner, I'd have to say that it's the best.”

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Juventus was also awarded as the Champions League best goal by UEFA’s expert panel, with the goal similar to Bale’s spectacular overhead kick.
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