5 of Gareth Bale's best moments in a Real Madrid shirt
Real Madrid broke the world transfer fee record in the summer of 2013 when they signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for £85 million. The transfer was not a surprise as time and time again, the big two in Spain have lured away the finest players from the English top-flight.
Gareth Bale was arguably the best player in the Premier League at that point in time and he had won his second PFA Players' Player of the Year award in the 2012-13 season, having scored 26 goals in all competitions for Spurs and the Real Madrid hierarchy made the decision to sign him that summer.
Playing for one of the biggest clubs in Europe and the burden of being the most expensive player on the planet meant that there was a huge weight of expectations on his shoulders. Bale has drawn criticisms claiming he was underperforming, but he has silenced all of them and is now one of the key figures in the Real Madrid team.
This piece mentions five of Bale’s unforgettable moments in his three-year-old Real Madrid career.
#5 September 14, 2013 – A Goal on His Debut
Gareth Bale’s debut for Real Madrid was against Villareal at the El Madrigal. All eyes were on Real Madrid’s new number eleven and he had to deliver a fine performance. The Welshman did just that as he took just 38 minutes to score his first goal for Los Blancos. He got onto the end of a cross from Dani Carvajal and slotted the ball past the Villareal goalkeeper, Sergio Asenjo, from the edge of the six-yard box.
Bale’s goal brought Real Madrid level with the hosts who had already taken the lead through Ruben Cani earlier in the half. The former Southampton player was withdrawn after an hour and his manager Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his performance. However, Real Madrid failed to secure all three points as Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos scored in the 70th minute to salvage a point for Villareal after Cristiano Ronaldo had put the visitors ahead six minutes earlier.
Despite his side's draw, Bale grabbed all the headlines in the newspapers the following day as he made the right start to his Real Madrid career.