On 1 September 2013, Gareth Bale signed for Real Madrid, but it was this weekend he truly arrived at the Bernabeu. ‘Bale, Bale and more Bale’ rang the headlines in Spain on Sunday morning after three goals against Valladolid made him only the second British player to ever score a hat trick in La Liga after Gary Linekar, who was effusive in his praise for the Welshman. “Great to see him proving what most of us know,” the Barcelona striker wrote on Twitter. “He’s a monstrous talent.”

 

It was what fans call a “perfect hat trick” – scoring with his right foot, left foot and head. The goals, setting Madrid towards a 4-0 win, weren’t among Bale’s most spectacular – not that he nor the fans singing his name all the way up to the Bernabeu bleachers were complaining. With Cristiano Ronaldo sidelined with a hamstring complaint, the former Spurs winger was deployed in a more attacking position infield than his usual starting bearth on the left touchline, relied upon by coach Carlo Ancelotti to fill the goalscoring void left by the Portuguese maestro. Bale even found time to make an assist, drifting a defence-splitting ball towards Karim Benzema to turn the defeat into a rout.

Of course, there’s still work for Bale. Gary Linekar’s famous La Liga hat trick came in 1987 for arch rivals Barcelona – against Real Madrid. Repeat Saturday night’s feats in a Clasico and Madrid’s Welsh wonder will go from being loved by the Bernabeu crowds to being worshipped by them. Get signed Gareth Bale memorabilia from Icons today – we have a great range of signed photos starting at just £79.99 available framed in time for Christmas. Click here to check out our current Bale memorabilia range.

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