Welshman scores his first treble in Ronaldo's absence, and he netted with his head, his right foot and his trusty left
It has taken the former Spurs star a few games to get going, but last night against Real Valladolid, Gareth Bale proved just why Real Madrid were willing to break the transfer record to acquire his services.
With Cristiano Ronaldo missing through injury, the onus was very much on Bale to carry the team of superstars from Madrid and to provide the goal threat the Portuguese normally carries.
Well he did just that, scoring his first Madrid hat-trick in just his 13th game. And what's more, it was a collector's item because it was a "perfect hat-trick" - one scored with the head, and one with each foot.
See Bale's goals below...
Looks like Bale is finally starting to settle in Spain - €100 million may end up being a snip.
image: © James Boyes