Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale revitalised his stuttering Real Madrid career last night with an impressive performance in his side’s 7-3 trouncing of Sevilla.
Stephane Mbia was sent-off for the visitors as Bale shone on his Bernabeu debut.
The Welsh international opened the scoring after just 13 minutes and had doubled Real’s lead before the half hour.
But he was eventually outdone by teammate Cristiano Ronaldo who completed a hat-trick 20 minutes from full-time.
Bale also provided two assists for Ronaldo to ease the pressure after a slow start at the Spanish capital had started to raise doubts about his ability.
The Welshman, who scored 30 goals in 53 appearances for club and country last season, became the world’s most expensive player this summer after Real forked out a whopping £85 million for his services.
However, Bale had only scored once over the course of his four previous La Liga matches with the single strike coming on his debut against Villareal back in September.
Since then the 24-year-old has been restricted to substitute appearances for the Galacticos, but disappointed against Barcelona in Saturday’s El Clasico, eventually being replaced on the hour mark.
Bale’s performance against Sevilla was much improved though, and he told BBC Sport: “I showed what I was capable of. It was a crazy game to be involved in but the most important thing for us is to get three points.”
Manager Carlo Ancelotti has backed his player throughout his tough start at Madrid, and after witnessing his an exhibition of his true capabilities the Italian said: “I think they are his first matches and he needs to get used to playing with his teammates, which is normal.
"It takes, time to adapt, but it was a necessity," Ancelotti admitted. "Now he doesn't have problems physically and he is improving his confidence, so he will be very important for us in the future."
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