Just three minutes after making his entry, the 28-year-old struck a mid-air scissor kick to put Real Madrid back in the driving seat.
Bale said afterwards that he has not played as much as he would have liked this season and he will discuss his future with his agent Jonathan Barnett in the close-season. "And I need to be starting".
Liverpool came out with a furious pace in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final, but the Reds suffered a massive blow heading into halftime despite their match with Real Madrid remaining scoreless. The Welshman sealed a record-extending 13th European Cup title for Real with seven minutes left as a terrible mistake from Loris Karius allowed his long-range shot to find the net. The Liverpool goalkeeper allowed Bale's shot to squirm through his hands into the net in the 83rd.
France striker Benzema was to get compensation though when he was alert to Karius's ill-advised attempt to throw the ball out quickly, although Real's lead lasted for just four minutes.
"I have to say it is (the best goal I've ever scored)".
He tried to come back on, but was down on the field again a minute or two later.
(PA Wire) Ronaldo celebrates with the Champions League trophy.
For Zidane, victory in Ukraine puts the former France great in an elite field alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley as a three-time European Cup victor. Salah has become the team's talisman with 44 goals this season, and the Egyptian went into the game as their number one hope of a winning outcome.
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah receives medical attention after sustaining an injury.