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
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
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