Gareth Bale really is superhuman.
The 32-year-old forward was once again the hero for his country, netting a brace of goals on Thursday night against Austria, giving Wales a 2-1 victory over their visitors.
The win takes the Dragons one step closer to qualifying for their first World Cup in 64 years.
But there was a lot of chatter about the Real Madrid man in the run-up to the match with Spanish newspaper Marca labelling the former Tottenham striker as a ‘parasite’.
Their scathing accusations came after Bale has supposedly taken advantage of the club, with the newspaper implying the Welshman had ‘sucked blood out of Madrid’ accepting a wage but not making himself available for the La Liga side, choosing to turn out for Wales instead.
It was a scathing report of the four-time Champions League winner, whose career in Spain has been waning for some time, with Bale only playing two hours of football in the past six months for Los Blancos.
But it’s fair to say that he really did show his detractors up last night, scoring two pretty incredible goals, the first of which was a stunning free-kick that was just out of this world.
Gareth Bale’s free-kick
While we already knew the Welshman has some incredible skills in his locker, Bale reminded us why he was once the highest transfer in football history with this absolutely stunning free-kick from 25 yards out.
Struck with immeasurable precision, the shot climbed over the wall of Austrian players in front of him and dipped just in time, clipping the bar as it sailed into the top right-hand corner of the net.
Not even the best goalkeepers in the world are saving that.
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And while it was simply magnificent watching the free-kick in real-time, we’ve been reliving the wondrous strike as new footage of the goal has emerged on Twitter, showing the insane accuracy behind Gareth Bale’s attempt.
With the camera panning behind the Wales forward, take a look at the slo-mo video of the free-kick below, which BBC pundit Dan Walker referred to as “Gorgeous.”
Gorgeouspic.twitter.com/tKj3FdPY2R— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 25, 2022
This takes hitting top-bins to a new level.
Fans have been reacting to the wondrous strike on Twitter, with many claiming they’ve never seen a more perfect free-kick.
And while Bale’s first goal was an absolute cracker, his second was equally as good, blasting the ball into the back of the net from a very tight angle.
Here is Gareth Bale goal against Austria….— Albanus 10 (@Kiswili_10) March 24, 2022
According to Ancelotti, Vinicius Jr, Asensio and Rodrigo are better players than him. pic.twitter.com/uzyB25spPk
The Welshman is set to leave Madrid this summer, and while it’s still uncertain where his next move will take him, it’s safe to say whoever signs him as a free agent will have done a seriously good bit of business.