After stunner against FC Barcelona, fastest man on Earth Usain Bolt hails Gareth Bale

Written by Reuters | Madrid | Updated: Apr 19 2014, 00:11am hrs
Barcelona FCReal Madrid's Gareth Bale scores a wonder goal against FC Barcelona's goalkeeper Pinto and Marc Bartra. Reuters
It was a wonder goal against FC Barcelona, reminiscent, to a lesser degree of then Argentine captain Diego Maradona scything through the English defence to score a World Cup goal. And deservedly, it is coming in for praise from all quarters, including the fastest man on Earth Usain Bolt.

Olympic champion Usain Bolt has hailed Gareth Bale's brilliant winner for Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final against FC Barcelona, saying it was the kind of goal any sprinter would be proud of.

Wales winger Gareth Bale picked up the ball wide on the left on the halfway line five minutes from time and galloped away from Barca centre back Marc Bartra before slipping the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto to secure a 2-1 victory.

"It was a great goal," the Jamaican was quoted as saying in Spanish sports daily Marca on Friday.

"He showed the fantastic speed he has to leave the defender behind and then incredible calm to put the ball between the keeper's legs," added the keen Manchester United supporter who retained the 100 and 200 metre titles at the London Games in 2012.

"It's the kind of goal any sprinter in the world would want to score one day."

Soccer-La Liga fixtures

April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Fixtures from the La Liga matches on Friday

Friday, April 18 (GMT)

Atletico Madrid v Elche (1830)

Saturday, April 19 (GMT)

Osasuna v Valencia (1400)

Levante v Getafe (1600)

Real Sociedad v Espanyol (1800)

Sunday, April 20 (GMT)

Almeria v Celta Vigo (1000)

Rayo Vallecano v Real Betis (1500)

Sevilla v Granada CF (1700)

Barcelona v Athletic Club (1900)

Monday, April 21 (GMT)

Malaga v Villarreal (2000)