The 2017 Champions League final will be held in Wales at the millennium stadium in Cardiff.
It has already presented a golden opportunity for Gareth Bale to become one of the first squads to lift the title in back-to-back seasons. Since the rebranding in 1992, no team has managed to win the Champions League title in successive seasons. There have been several reasons suggested for this trend, but it has largely to do with the large number of matches that a winning team has to go through in the next campaign.
After having managed to lift the title by once again beating Atletico Madrid in the summer, Real Madrid are aiming to lift the trophy once again come the summer. For Bale, the game would also be extra special since it will be on his home soil. The Welshman is the second most expensive player in the world after having cost Madrid a remarkable £86 million. He has already revealed their faith with a large number of trophies compared to the large number of goals provided by a player like Cristiano Ronaldo. Bale admitted that winning the Champions League on Welsh soil would be a dream come true.
The former Tottenham star has already won the competition twice in his career. “It would be incredible. I was lucky enough to win the European Super Cup in Cardiff and that was an amazing experience to win the trophy in front of my family and friends in my hometown. But the Champions League is another level. It is special for Real Madrid and we would make history by being the first to win it back-to-back – and to do that in Cardiff would be very special. It’s extra motivation if I needed any, and it’s another reason to look forward and be excited about the season ahead,” said Bale.