But Ferdinand believes Real Madrid will not be as much of a threat without Portuguese star Ronaldo.
Bale has now taken center stage, with the 29-year-old scoring three goals and making two assists in four games this season, following Ronaldo's departure, .
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"It's maybe a bit more relaxed, yes". Bale came on from the bench and said he was annoyed about not starting the match, with that rage fuelling him to score a brilliant overhead kick.
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Bale and Real may have been delighted to cruise to their third successive Champions League title, but the Welshman admitted he felt sorry for his rival on that night.
"Angry. Quite angry, to be honest", said Bale.
Bale was coy on the question of whether or not his goal was superior to Ronaldo's, saying: "It's not for me to say!"
"We know there are a lot of strong rivals, but if I have to say a favourite, it's always going to be Real Madrid, in this club the goal is always to try to win everything and play well, we have to sacrifice a lot to always be victorious".
Ronaldo's strike won the vote, with Dimitri Payet's Europa League quarter-final goal for Marseille finishing second ahead of Eva Navarro's curling effort for Spain in the Under-17 Championship final. "So yeah, I suppose it was hard to put the anger aside".