Beyond his assist, the 31-year-old's elegance on the ball, his eye for a pass and capacity for making the right decisions, helped to open up angles for Real Madrid to hit Juventus time after time on the break.
Fresh from winning the UEFA Champions League on Saturday night with Real Madrid, Bale's future is apparently up in the air in Spain after a frustrating season for the winger.
His career total in all competitions now stands at 600, a record 108 of which have come in the Champions League. "Think he is going to become a footballer", wrote another. "In the second half their class, their strength, their ability to win these challenges was seen and they deservedly won", he said. "The only criticism I could make is that after the second goal we should have stayed in the game mentally to make sure we still had chances".
James has been linked with a move away from Madrid, having struggled to pin down a regular starting spot at the club this season.
"We've made more history", Bale said.
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Madrid ran out 4-1 winners in the final at Cardiff's Principality Stadium but endured a tough first half with Juventus dominating the play until Croatian Modric took control of the game.
Both Manchester clubs endured disappointing seasons, and United's sixth-place Premier League finish should not be easily glossed over by their triumph in the Europa League, which at least gave them a place in next season's Champions League. "It's a tremendous joy for the players, for this enormous club and I am happy because it is not easy to win things like La Liga and the Champions League", he said.
Translating for his son, you can just make out Ronaldo telling Sir Alex: 'He said you went insane when I scored!'
The result was heartbreak for Juventus as they failed again to successfully claim a treble of trophies in a single season.
"I can't say whether I'll stay for the rest of my life but I'm so grateful for the club for everything it has given me", Zidane told a news conference.