Ryan Giggs has described Gareth Bale as the ‘greatest Welsh player’ he has seen after he guided Real Madrid to their 13th Champions League on Saturday night.
Bale replaced the underwhelming Isco in the 61st minute and scored twice in Kiev to ensure Real beat Liverpool 3-1 and lifted their third consecutive Champions League.
His first came just three minutes after entering the pitch and is being described as one of the best goals the competition has ever seen, and Giggs thinks he is the best Welsh player he has ever seen.
The Manchester United legend and current Wales manager, speaking ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against Mexico, was full of praise for his fellow countryman: “Bale? He’s the greatest Welsh player I’ve seen. Great players turn up at the right moments and make the difference, and he’s done it twice now in Champions League finals.
“To win four, to go to Real Madrid, and be so successful, he’s got to be the best. I’ve always maintained he looks happy at Real Madrid. It’s a great club and a successful one.”
Bale sparked speculation after full-time on Saturday by giving an interview which seemed to play out like an indirect cry for a move away from the Bernabeu after falling down the attacking pecking order under Zinedine Zidane.
He has been regularly dropped for the likes of Isco and Karim Benzema throughout the 2017-18 season despite being fully fit, and Giggs had his say on the situation:
“It’s Gareth’s choice. He’s made the difference in a Champions League final, whether that has any bearing, I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Chelsea, former club Tottenham Hotspur and Man United are all said to be interested in bringing Bale back to the Premier League this summer, so it will certainly be interesting to see how it plays out.