Primer temporada de Gareth Bale: 22 goles, 17 asistencias, 2 finales, 2 copas. Casi nada. pic.twitter.com/JHQHgXOYr0— Gareth Bale Fans (@ApoyoBale) Mayo 25, 2014
Many questioned Real Madrid’s motives for buying Gareth Bale for a reported €100m world record fee from Tottenham Hotspur last summer, not many are questioning the deal now.
The former Spurs superstar scored what proved to be the winning goal as Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 4-1 in a pulsating Champions League final.
Atletico Madrid took a deserved lead in the first-half through Diego Godin’s header, and they looked on course to seal their first Champions League title before Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos equalised in the 93rd minute with a fabulous header from Luka Modric’s corner.
The goal was cruel on Diego Simeone’s men, and they looked physically shot after such a long season appeared to have taken its toll on the injury-hit side.
In extra-time, the pace and probing of Real Madrid meant that Los Blancos were always favourites to score again and Gareth Bale duly delivered, heading in a rebound after Thibaut Courtois saved from Angel Di Maria to send the Madrid fans into raptures.
Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo added further goals, but it was Bale’s goal in his second successive final which ultimately decided the contest.
Since his big move from Tottenham Hotspur, Gareth Bale has scored 22 goals and added a further 17 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions, winning the Copa Del Rey and finishing the season by helping the La Liga giants win their tenth Champions league crown.
As per the photo, the 24-year-old has made a dream start to life in Madrid, and his questionable departure from Spurs has been fully justified.