It has taken time but finally the world is seeing the capabilities of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid.

His 'perfect' hat-trick at the weekend against Real Valladolid silenced the doubters who have been waiting for the young Welshman to fail since his record £86m move from Tottenham in the summer.

Bale's 'perfect' hat-trick included a goal with his left and right foot, along with a header and an assist in Madrid's 4-0 victory over Valladolid.

Bale has struggled to find form during this season mainly due to his thigh injury, a lack of a pre-season and a need to adapt to life abroad. There are signs now that Bale has overcome all these to establish himself firmly in the hearts of the Madrid faithful.

He is now back to fitness and just needed time on the pitch to regain the confidence and class that we know he possesses. Since starting the Clasico at the end of October, Bale has been an ever-present in the starting XI and has repaid his manager Carlo Ancelotti with eight goals.

His performances are getting better and better and Bale himself admits that there is still more to come.

Speaking to Real's official website, Bale said: "I needed time to adapt after not having a pre-season but I'm improving now."

Bale has also had to contend with comparisons to team-mate Crisitano Ronaldo who is currently the favourite to land the coveted Ballon d'Or award.

Ronaldo was absent from the Valladolid game with injury, allowing Bale to be the main man in the Real side.

Ronaldo is currently in remarkable form, having scored 32 goals in just 22 games for club and country so far this season which has overshadowed the Welshman. However, Ronaldo's form has also helped Bale to settle in as Ancelotti has not been pressurised to play him given the strong performances of the team and the Portuguese star.

Real Madrid are now finally reaping the benefits from being patient with their world record signing - and I predict Bale will continue to flourish at the Bernabeu for years to come.

The next stage for Bale is to consistently perform on the Champions League stage and fire Madrid to glory ahead of arch rivals Barcelona.

That will be the moment he can truly be judged as a great in the eyes of the Real supporters.

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