Welshman is showing all the signs that he can one day be the king of the Bernabeu.
It may seem unthinkable that Cristiano Ronaldo can be overtaken as the main man at Real Madrid, but it has already started happening.
As if the world record £86 million arrival of Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur last summer wasn’t enough for Ronaldo to content with, the Welshman could now be on his way to being top dog at the Spanish giants over the next few years.
Take nothing away from Ronaldo, he is still the best footballer in the world and has racked up in excess of 50 goals per season for the last three years. Bale may never reach these heights, but it doesn’t mean he won’t surpass Ronaldo in the near future.
Ronaldo is 29-years old, and will reach 30 this season, with all the best parts of his game in his pace, power and knack of being in the right place at the right time vulnerable to slight decline. Something has to give sooner or later, Ronaldo cannot keep performing as he has since he joined Madrid.
Bale on the other hand is still in golden form, and getting better by the game. Saturday night’s game against Manchester United showed he can rise to carry the team in Ronaldo’s absence, and his speed and close control cannot be stopped by defenders.
In two seasons time Ronaldo will be 32, Bale just turning 27, and the Cardiff-born star can surpass the undisputed king in that time.
Bale scored 22 goals in 44 matches last term, one goal every two games. That’s a very good opening season considering he has moved to a new way of life. It is also worth mentioning he only played 27 La Liga matches, so if he stays fit he will only improve on his tally.
Perhaps most importantly he has become the man for the big occasion, who does not seem to be phased by pressure. He symbolises a young, pacey kid who just wants to get the ball and run at defenders. It’s a delight to watch, and he twice came up with winning goals in the Copa del Rey and Champions League final last season.
Cristiano Ronaldo is still the main man, no doubt, and Bale will probably never reach the peaks that the Portuguese forward has done in his career. But within the next two years Madrid's reliance on Bale's goals and performance could be greater than Ronaldo’s. He’s continues to rise, and one day may be king.