The Real Madrid man wins the Spanish cup final thanks to a late solo effort that downed arch-rivals Barcelona
How to etch your name into Real Madrid folklore. With the scoreline at 1-1 in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla, Gareth Bale picked up the ball and sprinted half the pitch before slotting home to ensure Carlo Ancelotti’s team collected the trophy.
It hasn’t taken long for Bale to make his mark in Spain and the Welshman has ably deputised for Cristiano Ronaldo, with the former Tottenham player describing his first season as a “fairytale”.
“It’s a dream come true, not just because I scored but because of the work of the whole team,” Bale told Real’s official website.
“It was really special. We’ve won the first of the three available titles and we have to keep fighting for everything. But now we have to be thinking about the next game and nothing else”.
“This win is for all the fans and we hope that it will be the first of many to come. Thank you all for your support during the season. We have worked hard as a team.
“I had to sprint (for the goal), Bartra pushed me and tried to block my path but wasn’t able to,” he added.
“I had to go around him. It was great to score the goal but even better to win the match and pick up a title for Real Madrid.
“The atmosphere was fantastic. It has been a perfect night. I’m delighted to have won my first title with Madrid. I think we could go on to win even more this season.”