Champions League final: Gareth Bale relishes 'dream' victory

Gareth Bale said winning the Champions League "will live with me forever" after his goal helped Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the final.

The former Tottenham forward gave Real the lead in extra time after Sergio Ramos's 93rd-minute goal cancelled out a first-half effort from Diego Godin.

Gareth Bale factfile

  • July 1989: Born in Cardiff
  • 2005: Joins Southampton
  • April 2006: Makes first-team debut
  • May 2007: Joins Tottenham
  • September 2009: First Premier League win at 25th attempt
  • May 2010: Signs four-year contract at Tottenham
  • October 2010: Scores hat-trick against Inter Milan
  • April 2011: Wins PFA Player of the Year
  • June 2011: Signs new four-year contract at Tottenham
  • April 2013: Wins PFA Player and Young Player of the Year
  • August 2013: Signs for Real Madrid for world-record £85.3m
  • April 2014: Scores winning goal in Copa Del Rey final
  • May 2014: Scores as Real Madrid become Champions League winners

Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a 10th European Cup success for Real.

"It is what every footballer dreams of and it doesn't come bigger in club football," said Bale, 24.

"The celebration of the crowd meant everything to me, but the most important thing is we worked hard as a team and won the trophy and the 10th title for the club."

Wales international Bale joined Real from Spurs for a world-record £85.3m last summer, but insisted the price tag was irrelevant.

"I would have come here for a penny if it meant I could win the big titles," he said.

Bale missed a hat-trick of chances before heading home Real's vital second goal against the newly crowned Spanish champions at Estadio da Luz.

"I have learned from past experiences to keep going, forget the chances you have missed and to keep persevering and a chance will come," he said.

"It was a close game, especially in normal time. We have played Atletico Madrid four times this season and every game has been close.

"They make it very difficult when they get a goal ahead and it's hard to break them down."