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Bale came off the bench to score twice, including a stunning overhead kick with his first meaningful touch, as Real ran out 3-1 winners over Liverpool to secure a 13th European Cup in Kiev.
Bale blasted an astonishing overhead kick to put Real ahead in the 64th minute and sealed the silverware with his second goal -- a long-range effort in the closing moments.
Substitute Gareth Bale shines as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 to win third consecutive Champions League
Bale scored twice including an incredible overhead kick after coming off the bench as Real Madrid defeated Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday.
The pair have not seen eye-to-eye for some time, ever since Zidane jettisoned the Welshman for Real's last 16 first leg game at home to Paris Saint-Germain in February.
Bale is not certain to start Saturday's showdown in Kiev, despite scoring five goals in four La Liga games for the reigning European champions.
With Cristiano Ronaldo again sidelined with an ankle injury, Welsh star Bale stepped into the limelight with two first-half strikes to push his case for a starting spot .
Serbian Darko Brasanac gave Leganes hope of a comeback, but Real closed out victory despite struggling in the second half.
Ronaldo has dragged Real into the Champions League semi-finals with, even by his standards, an astonishing goal glut that includes 22 in 12 games.
Isco scored one and set up another at La Rosaleda in a comfortable victory for a much-changed Real side.
Bale was a surprise inclusion ahead of Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu, where Real held a 3-0 advantage from the opening match in Turin.
The Real Madrid forward scored his 29th international goal for his country to become the highest scoring Welsh player of all time, breaking Ian Rush's record.
Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite dropping the forward for Real Madrid's win over PSG.
Gareth Bale became Real Madrid's second top-scorer for the season on Saturday night but it is on Tuesday in Paris.
Real travel to Espanyol in La Liga on Tuesday, looking to reduce the gap behind leaders Barcelona, who visit Las Palmas two days later.
Zinedine Zidane on Friday revealed that physical issues had been keeping forward Gareth Bale on the sidelines recently.