Back on the Cardiff turf where he won the first major silverware of his astonishing career, Cristiano Ronaldo cemented his legacy as one of the game's all-time greats with a decisive brace in Real Madrid's 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.
Bale also became the first Welshman to win the trophy three times - he also won it with Real last season and in 2014 - edging ahead of Ian Rush, Ryan Giggs and Joey Jones.
Two goals from superstar Cristiano Ronaldo along with strikes from Casemiro and Marco Asensio shattered the resolve of plucky Juve and ensured Real lifted the famous trophy for the 12th time.
But Bale was reduced to the role of bit-part player after recent injury problems, sent on only for the final 13 minutes at the National Stadium of Wales with the game already won.
The two Spanish clubs have dominated in the Champion League, winning six of the last nine titles, but Madrid had gone 12 years without lifting the trophy while Barcelona and Messi thrived.
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"Me and my team-mates have done the double", said Ronaldo.
However, the 27-year-old insists that he isn't thinking about the speculation and is purely focused on helping Real Madrid continue their success. "I have a year left in my contract and I think that I'll be here the next year".
"We have made history, we'll enjoy this moment now".
For Ronaldo it was a sensational finale to the season which must now end with him winning his fifth Ballon D'Or.
Gareth Bale has insisted that he is paying no attention to the speculation about his future after recent reports linking him with a possible summer transfer to Manchester United..
Cristiano Ronaldo Jr stole the show after the Champions League final match. That is what we worked on and that is how we scored three of our goals in the final.