Gareth Bale has admitted that he did not believe he would ever be on the verge of European history when he became the world’s most expensive footballer.
The Welshman can help Real Madrid become the first club to win a hat-trick of Champions League titles (Bayern Munich were winners from 1974-76 of the ‘old format’ European Cup) when they meet Liverpool, their 13th success in the competition.
Since joining in 2013 for £85m from Tottenham the Welshman has won the competition three times in four seasons, as well as tasting La Liga and Copa del Rey glory, playing mainly in attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzama.
He said: “This is history. I came to this great club to win titles and it is going to be a special day. I never imagined playing in so many finals. I have played in three and this could be a fourth win, it has blown any expectations I had out of the water.”
Bale has been in impressive form and hopes to get the nod to start in Kiev, having endured injury problems earlier in the campaign.
“I feel great, I am ready for the final. Last year we got our second Champions League in a row and now we want more.”