Gareth Bale becomes first British player to win five Champions League titles

Bale becomes first British player to win five Champions League titles
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Gareth Bale has become the first British player to win the Champions League on five occasions, with Real Madrid beating Liverpool 1-0 in Saturday’s final at Stade de France.

The 32-year-old has now won the European Cup in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2022, creating history with his fifth title in France.

Bale was an unused substitute in Saturday’s clash, while he only made seven appearances for Real Madrid during the 2021-22 campaign, having struggled with a number of injury problems.

The Wales international had been a doubt for the final due to a back problem, but he was ultimately named in the squad against Liverpool.

The attacker is leaving Bernabeu on a free transfer at the end of next month, but he has enjoyed a highly successful career at the club, making 258 appearances in all competitions, scoring 106 goals and providing 67 assists in the process.

Bale leaves Real Madrid having won three La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup, five Champions League trophies, three UEFA Super Cups and three Club World Cups.

The Welshman had been level with former Liverpool defender Phil Neal in terms of European trophies, with the Englishman lifting four European Cups during his time at Anfield.

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