Gareth Bale recently scored his first hat-trick for Real Madrid in the 4-0 win over Real Valladolid. The Wales international was signed for a world-record £ 86 million in the summer, but he has so far been poor. However, he has been showing signs of returning to the form he showed last season with Tottenham. He came into the match on the back of an impressive scoring run, but he managed to outshine Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time since moving to Madrid by scoring a hat-trick in the match. Ronaldo was absent from the team due to a thigh strain.
After the encounter, he said that this was certainly not the best performance he has put in and has said that fans can expect more from him in the coming weeks. Bale has also stated that the reason behind his poor performance at the start of his Madrid career was due to lack of fitness after missing pre-season with Tottenham and Madrid. Bale now has seven league goals, which is significantly better compared to Barcelona’s summer signing Neymar. The Brazilian has only four goals in the league until now.
“I scored three goals but I hope to do better. I want to keep improving and working hard during the matches and training. I’m very happy here. I needed time to adapt after not having a pre-season but I’m improving now. Everything I hoped for has come true. The fans and the club are incredible,” said Bale to the official site of Madrid. “He is a very important player for us. I think his period of adaptation is over. He is doing well, he is confident and is very important for us. He did very well,” said Carlo Ancelotti.
Aside from scoring three goals in the match, Bale also provided an assist for Karim Benzema. Madrid still remain three points behind leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.