"We have to congratulate them because it is really hard to win the Champions League".
Bale made his mark on another Champions League final with a magnificent overhead kick to put Real 2-1 up after 64 minutes.
Some post-match analysis has concentrated on a shoulder charge Karius received from notorious Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos just before the first goalkeeping howler.
Firstly, Ronaldo was not used for Madrid's kit releases in the last two seasons, with Bale, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos and Karim Benzema involved instead.
Salah, who was forced off in tears on the grandest of European stages, has since stated that he is "confident" he will be ready for global duty with Egypt in Russian Federation this summer.
Al-Sheikh holds a number of administrative roles, including chairman of the Saudi Arabia Sport Authority and president of the Sports Federation of Islamic Solidarity.
Egypt is among five African teams that will also feature in the games.
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Gareth Bale is involved in a three club race as his exit from Real Madrid this summer quickens. "We wish him a speedy recovery".
"I've been doing well, scoring goals, but I haven't been playing as much as I would like so, as I said, I am going to have to sit down over the summer and seriously consider what we do next".
Egypt's run at the tournament will start on June 15 as it takes on Uruguay in Group A, which also includes Russian Federation, the tourney's host, and Saudi Arabia.
"Cristiano is the best team-mate I've ever had", he said.
"Unfortunately for Karius half the games are away from home and when he goes to play in front of the away end at Liverpool he would be getting it twice as bad as away from home". With aging wingers like Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, aged 34 and 35 respectively, the Welsh star would be a great replacement who has the quality to improve Bayern Munich, but it is questionable if the club will provide the funds needed for such a transfer. I am a fan.
The festivities began with players and team members participating in a ceremony at a local cathedral.