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Gareth Bale ‘surprised’ at losing Puskas Award to Mohamed Salah

Gareth Bale surprised at losing Puskas Award to Mohamed Salah

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Real Madrid winger has revealed his surprise at not winning the for his overhead kick in the Champions League final.

The Welshman scored twice for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final, including a stunner, two minutes after coming off the bench, as the Spanish side went on to lift the prestigious title.

Many eyebrows were raised when Bale’s overhead kick didn’t land the Puskas award, and instead went to Mohamed Salah, who topped the public vote for his solo effort against Everton.

Gareth Bale himself revealed his surprise and believes he should have won the award, not the Egyptian, saying: “Yeah, I was surprised by that, to be honest.

“What can you say? It makes the award look a little diminished, although it was obviously a great goal by Salah,” Bale to FourFourTwo.

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The Welshman went on to describe his goal: “It was instinctive. 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.

“I think you’d have to say that [it was my best goal]. 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.”

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