The world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale, has said that he is extremely proud of his goalscoring debut for Real Madrid. The 24-year-old recently completed the £ 86 million transfer to Real Madrid, which surpassed the £ 80 million paid by Madrid for the services of Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009. Bale was expected to be on the bench for his debut match against Villarreal. He was not in the best possible shape, which limited his game time during the international break. Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti did confirm prior to the match that Bale was going to take part in the match at some time or the other, but he refused to comment whether he would start or not.
In the end, he did start and he managed to open the scoring after just 34 min. Villarreal had taken the lead a few minutes before, but a tap in from Bale equalised the match. He was replaced after the 60th minute. Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo also scored in the match to give Madrid the lead, which was quickly wiped out following a goal from Giovanni dos Santos. After the match, Bale said that he was extremely delighted to have scored on his debut for his new team, but was not happy with the result.
“Proud to score on my debut and pleased to get 60 minutes, just disappointed not to get the result,” said the 24-year-old. “I think he (Bale) is happy to score his first goal for Real Madrid. He played in a difficult match and he played well, showing his good attitude,” said Carlo Ancelotti after the match. Bale is now expected to make an even more impact in his European debut. Real Madrid will be playing against Galatasaray on Wednesday night in the first match of the Champions league group stages for this season.