Wales superstar Gareth Bale has expressed his feelings to the media following his sides Euro 2016 semi-final defeat at the hands of Portugal.
The Dragons were hoping to be the first British team to reach a major tournament final since England won the World Cup in 1966. However, their incredible run in the tournament came to an abrupt end in Lyon yesterday evening.
Bale’s Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal’s opening goal while the former Manchester United ace Luis Nani doubled his sides lead.
Ronaldo has now scored three goals in the competition and is one goal behind the current top scorer Antoine Griezmann.
“It’s very disappointing to be so close to the final but we have to be proud. This is a proud moment for us, we have achieved a lot. We had pride and passion,” Bales was quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“The fans are the best in the world, by far. We wish we could have done it for them.
“We’d like to thank all the fans at home and all the fans who traveled out and behaved themselves.”
Bale became the worlds most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for £85 million back in September 2013. The Wales international has gone onto cement his place in the starting line-up and provided 15 assists and scored 19 goals in 31 appearances for the La Liga giants this season.