Champions League

Bale salutes Ronaldo

2014-04-30 10:23
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale (AFP)

Cape Town - Gareth Bale has paid tribute to team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after his two goals fired Real Madrid into the Champions League final.

Real Madrid thrashed European champions Bayern Munich 4-0 at the Allianz Arena to go through 5-0 on aggregate and book their place in next month's Lisbon final.

Sergio Ramos was also instrumental, heading home twice in quick succession in the opening 20 minutes of the game. Bale then put the third on a plate for Ronaldo after a lightening counter-attack.

The Portugal international added a late fourth with a free-kick, with his brace setting a new Champions League record of 16 goals in the competition in a single season, breaking Lionel Messi's all-time record.

Bale, who admitted Champions League football enticed him into joining Real, told Sky Sports News: "That's why he's the world's best player. It's an honour to play with him and to learn from him.

"We've still got one match to go and hopefully he can score a few more goals."

Real will now face either City rivals Atletico or Chelsea and former boss Jose Mourinho in the final, but Bale knows they face a challenge whoever they come up against.

He added: "They're both great teams, I don't think we can pick and choose. Whoever it may be, I'm sure it will be a great final.

"All we'll be doing is concentrating on our game and our game-plan and hopefully executing it on the day."

Bale is enjoying a stellar first season in Madrid after his record-breaking Summer move from Tottenham, with the Copa del Rey secured by his late goal and Carlo Ancelotti's men also battling for the title.

Real, who set out to try and win every competition they competed in this season, are in a fantastic position now.

Bale insisted Real are not getting carried away too easily and will just focus on each and every game as it comes.

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