‘They want to be sacked’: Bale mystified by Goal of the Season snub

Gareth Bale admits he is confused as to why his stunning overhead kick in the Champions League final was not even shortlisted for UEFA’s Goal of the Season.

The Real Madrid forward scored the brilliant strike in the 3-1 final win over Liverpool in Kiev to help hand the Spanish giants a third successive Champions League title. 

Despite the quality and importance of the goal, UEFA did not even judge it good enough for the 11-strike shortlist.

Gareth Bale is confused as to why his overhead kick was not shortlisted for goal of the season

Gareth Bale is confused as to why his overhead kick was not shortlisted for goal of the season

Gareth Bale is confused as to why his overhead kick was not shortlisted for goal of the season

Bale scored the brilliant effort in the Champions League final for Real Madrid in Kiev

Bale scored the brilliant effort in the Champions League final for Real Madrid in Kiev

Bale scored the brilliant effort in the Champions League final for Real Madrid in Kiev

Speaking exclusively to Sportsmail, Bale said: ‘I don’t know how it wasn’t on that list! I want to know who is on the panel because they want to be sacked.’

Bale’s acrobatic effort was discounted because only one nominee from each of the main UEFA competitions was allowed in the shortlist.

Instead his former team mate, Cristiano Ronaldo, made the list for a brilliant Champions League overhead kick of his own – against Juventus in the quarter-finals.

Asked whether he thought Ronaldo’s goal was better, Bale was diplomatic: ‘It’s not for me to say!’

Ronaldo went on to win the vote for goal of the season, defeating Marseille’s Dmitri Payet and Spain under-17 star Eva Navarro. 

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunner pipped Bale for a place on the 11-goal UEFA shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo's stunner pipped Bale for a place on the 11-goal UEFA shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunner pipped Bale for a place on the 11-goal UEFA shortlist

2017-18 UEFA GOAL OF THE SEASON: BETTER THAN BALE? 

WINNER: Cristiano Ronaldo (REAL MADRID) – Overhead kick in Champions League quarter-final

RUNNER-UP: Dimitri Payet (MARSEILLE) – Individual goal and finish with outside of foot in Europa League quarter-final

THIRD PLACE: Eva Navarro (SPAIN U17) – Curler in European Women’s Under-17 Championship final

NOMINEES: Lucy Bronze (LYON) – Volley in Women’s Champions League semi-final

Olga Carmona (SPAIN U19) – Top-corner strike in European Women’s Under-19 Championship group stage

Elisandro (INTER FS) – Powerful strike in UEFA Futsal Cup final

Elliot Embleton (ENGLAND U19) – Team goal in European Under-19 Championship group stage

Christian Eriksen (DENMARK) – Counter attack goal in 2018 World Cup Qualifiers play-offs

Paulo Estrela (PORTO) – Goal set up by superb pass in UEFA Youth League group stage

Gonçalo Ramos (PORTUGAL U17) – Flicked finish in European Under-17 Championship group stage

Ricardinho (PORTUGAL) – Rabona in UEFA Futsal EURO group stage

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