Real Madrid demolished Basel 5-1 on a superb night for their new era of Galacticos.
Colombian superstar James Rodriguez got off the mark for the club, adding to strikes from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and an own goal.
This time last season Welsh international Bale was still settling into life at Madrid after his world record £86 million move.
Now after scoring a memorable Copa del Rey winner and a vital Champions League Final goal, Bale looks every inch the established superstar.
Against the Swiss side it was Bale who outshone Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, outperforming him in several areas.
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Ronaldo landed only one of his eight shots on target, while Bale was two for two.
He was not the only former Spurs star to make an impact, with Croatian midfielder Luka Modric instrumental in midfield, and setting up Bale for a goal with a perfectly weighted pass.
With rumours continuing to circulate that Ronaldo is seeking an exit, the spotlight will increase on Bale to show he is capable of stepping up and becoming a real leader in the team. More like last night, will certainly be welcome at the Bernabeu.