Gareth Bale bagged his first hat trick for Real Madrid in a 4-0 rout of Real Valladolid.
With Cristiano Ronaldo missing the game through injury, it was Bale’s chance to be the main man and he certainly was.
The Welshman nodded in the opener just after half an hour when Valladolid goalkeeper Diego Marino parried Angel Di Maria’s cross into his path and then went on to set up Karim Benzema for the second.
Bale then added a second when he reacted quickest to slot home following a deflected Marcelo cross, and the world record signing then completed his hat-trick after another piece of play from Marcelo set him up to tap home.
The most expensive player is starting to pay back the club for splashing out the big money and has now scored nine goals in 13 games for his new club.
After an injury hit start to his Real Madrid career, he really looks like he is settling in well to life in Spain and once Ronaldo returns from injury, they can continue to build on their partnership which is soon becoming a formidable force. When these two are on form, it will be a frightening prospect for opposition defences.
Madrid are now just three points behind Barcelona, and if the two most expensive players in the world can continue to score goals at the rate they are then that gap is sure to be cut even further.
Ronaldo has been the main focus of attention this season with his explosive goal scoring stats - netting 32 in 22 appearances - and many people questioned whether Bale could step up to the level of performances set by Ronaldo.
If The Welsh winger keeps up this form then there is no reason why he can’t reach the extremely high levels set by his Portuguese team-mate, and Bale even managed to notch a first hat-trick in his 13th Madrid appearance - it took Ronaldo 62 matches before he bagged his first treble.
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