Bale, 24, was just 12 the last time Real – who face Schalke in their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday – were kings of Europe.
And the £86million winger says Zidane’s stunning strike in a 2-1 success over Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow got him hooked on the tournament.
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Bale said: “I used to watch as much football as I could when I was younger and my first real memory is watching Real Madrid in the final at Hampden Park when Zidane scored that unbelievable volley.
“Zidane was probably the best player in the world at that time and the Madrid team was full of stars.”