I doubted the price tag of Bale when he was bought by Real Madrid. I didn’t think he could cope with the short passing game and foot skill of Spanish football and playing second, third, or even fourth fiddle at one of the biggest clubs in the world. But he has been very good since he settled in.
I was anticipating Bale to show his athletic prowess in Spanish football and it couldn’t have happened on a bigger stage in Spanish league football. His solo goal as seen in the video below against Barcelona in the Copa de Rey 2014 final is astonishing. The finest solo effort I’ve ever seen since Diego Maradona’s in 1986. Supposedly if he hadn’t been a footballer he could have been a 400m track specialist: