The Real Madrid attacker almost scored a startling effort from close to the halfway line in Los Blancos’ defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
Gareth Bale almost recreated David Beckham’s famous goal from the halfway line against Wimbledon yesterday, with the former Tottenham star on the verge of an epic strike.
With Real Madrid losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames, the Wales international saw that the home goalkeeper was off his line in the 82nd minute and tried an audacious long-range effort - only to be denied by the woodwork.
Marca claimed that the strike would have been goal of the season had it nestled in the back of the net.
The former Spurs hero has come in for some criticism in recent weeks and months for a perceived selfishness in possession and has not scored for the capital city club in La Liga in his last seven games.
Despite this, he has still netted ten goals and laid on five assists for Carlo Ancelotti’s men this term.
Bale became the world's most expensive player when he moved from Tottenham to Madrid in the summer of 2013 and he scored in the Champions League final last term.
Madrid’s slip-up against the Basque outfit means that Barcelona can go top of the La Liga table today if they beat Rayo Vallecano.