VIDEO: The incredible goal that justifies Bale's world record fee

Bale Real Madrid

As Ronaldo completes his ban, the Welshman smashed in a spectacular long range strike for Real Madrid against Elche, just like he did in his Tottenham days

The Premier League is a poorer place without Gareth Bale. A look at the strike above is proof of that.

The Welshman was hitting goals like this almost every week for Tottenham last year, and it was the kind of form that convinced Real Madrid to shell out a record transfer fee for the flying winger.

No one has exhibited such outrageous goalscoring ability from distance in the English top flight this year, and Spurs fans, and football fans in general, may admit missing someone of his calibre.

Bale's strike against Elche more than proved that spending €100 million on a player gives you someone of almost peerless quality.

Leading 1-0 and with 20 minutes left, Bale received the ball 35 yards out, steadied it, and smashed it past Herrera Yague, with the ball still rising as it flew past the goalkeepers outstretched hand. Real went on to win 3-0 after Isco added a third with ten minutes left. 

That Real have the only other player in the world that can score such goals on a regular basis must make them that little bit more satisfied, though arguably even Cristiano Ronaldo, who completed a three match ban in the fixture, isn't quite able to find the top corner so often with his long range strikes.

Bale has now hit 12 goals in 26 games for Real this year, someway short of Ronaldo's ridiculous 34 in 32, but an impressive return nonetheless.

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