Former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale has really come into his own since the start of the year.
Signing for the biggest club in the world for the reported biggest transfer fee in history was never going to be easy for Gareth Bale.
The former Spurs forward started his Real Madrid career on the back foot. Early season injuries affected his form, and despite a debut goal against Villarreal, Bale was blasted for his ineffective performance in his first El Clasico.
That day was Neymar’s day, but since then, Bale has more than matched Barcelona’s big money summer arrival.
In fact, Bale’s recent performances in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo have been fabulous – and his unstoppable long-range strike at the weekend went some way to explaining his huge price tag.
The last couple of months have been fantastic for both Bale and his teammates. Ahead of Los Blancos Champions League tie with Schalke, they have topped La Liga, reached the Copa Del Rey final and have remained unbeaten for 25 matches in all competitions.
Their German opponents however were built up to be arguably Real Madrid’s biggest test – as Real Madrid have won just one of their last 25 games in Germany.
How do you face such a task? Simply pass the ball to Bale, and let him work his magic.