Gareth Bale: Six statistics that prove Welshman is a Real Madrid legend

Gareth Bale won the Champions League FOUR times at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale's Real Madrid career is finally coming to an end.

The Welshman is on the cusp of joining Tottenham Hotspur on a season-long loan and it's highly unlikely he'll ever return to the Spanish capital.

Bale signed for Los Blancos in an £85m deal back in the summer of 2013 and has enjoyed a pretty successful stint at the Bernabeu.

During his best years with Real Madrid, Bale was without question one of the best players on the planet, scoring goals for fun and contributing in big games.

However, his reputation at the club has been soured in recent years and Zinedine Zidane has offered him little to no game time at all.

Bale and Zidane

The Frenchman will be pleased to see the back of the 31-year-old, but it's easy to forget how good Bale was in the famous white shirt.

There's no two ways about it, he's a Real Madrid legend and while some fans may not recognise that fact, we've detailed six points below that perfectly support our argument.

He's won 13 trophies in just seven years

When a player has averaged nearly two trophies per year at a club, how on earth can you not label them a legend? Especially when four of them were Champions Leagues.

During his own playing days, Zidane only won six trophies in five years...

Bale with the Champions League trophy

Scored more goals than Ronaldo Nazario

Ronaldo is - rightly - viewed as a Real Madrid legend, but the iconic Brazilian's tally of 104 goals for the club in all competitions is one less than Bale's (105 goals).

Given the fact that the Welshman is not an out-and-out striker, his record is pretty darn good, averaging a goal every 170 minutes for Los Blancos.

Bale in action

Provided more assists that David Beckham

But Bale has been far more than just a grabber of goals at Real Madrid, he's contributed with a very healthy number of assists - 68 in total, with 19 of those coming in the Champions League.

That's 17 more than Beckham (51 assists) managed during his four-year stint in the Spanish capital in all competitions, impressive stuff.

Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo

Scored the crucial goal in TWO Champions League finals

Sergio Ramos' injury-time equaliser in the 2013/14 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid setup a potential 'La Decima' for Los Blancos and it was Bale who then got the crucial breakthrough to make it 2-1.

Four years later, the Welshman scored THAT ridiculous bicycle-kick in Kiev to put Real 2-1 up against Liverpool, before adding a second to seal the win.

Bale vs Liverpool

Scored or assisted in nine different finals

Not a bad record, is it?

One of his nine goal contributions in finals saw the Welshman leave Barcelona's Marc Bartra for dead in a foot race and Bale's pace that night seems to get more remarkable with every replay.

Hit double figures for goals in four La Liga seasons

In his seven La Liga campaigns - with the majority of them interrupted by injuries - Bale scored 10 or more goals in four of them.

His highest tally in a single season came in 2015/16 when he scored 19 goals in just 23 appearances. In 2017/18, he found the back of the net 16 times in 26 games - sublime numbers.

Bale in training

Do we need to say anymore? Put some respect on Gareth Frank Bale's name!

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