Real Madrid fans were furious when it emerged that the club’s star striker, Gareth Bale, had scored more goals in his first full season at the Bernabeu than he did in his previous 12.
And in a sense, it was a credit to Real Madrid that the 29-year-old didn’t get the credit he deserved.
The Spanish club had to take a significant gamble to sign the player, and after the signing, they still haven’t managed to make it happen.
Here’s what the fans wanted from Bale in his very first season at Real Madrid.
Drogbs hat-trick against Manchester United This was the third goal of his hat-tricks against Manchester City and Arsenal, which were scored from outside the penalty area, and he added a fourth against Spurs when the hosts were still trailing at half-time.
Bale has scored 13 goals in 14 matches so far this season, and has become one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe.
His goal against City was the second time he has scored a hat-twos in a Champions League game, and the first time he had scored in a Europa League game since January, when he scored in the last minute against Dynamo Kyiv.
The hat-swap was a major coup for Real Madrid, who will hope that Drogbiks hat-tip can help them climb back into the Champions League.
Bale’s brace against Paris Saint-Germain Bale’s hat-trade against PSG came against the backdrop of another dramatic victory over the French side.
This was Real Madrid winning 1-0 thanks to goals from Ronaldo and Benzema.
Bale scored the winner in the 90th minute with a sublime finish from inside the penalty box.
The goal was the first in a 3-0 win for Real, and Bale’s first of the season.
The Portuguese forward is on the verge of a new record for goals in a season, as he has already hit six goals in six matches, and in the next match, he will try to break the record.
Bale hat-off against Monaco Bale’s second goal against Monaco came against one of Real Madrid ‘s most promising players.
The goalscoring forward scored the opener in the 14th minute when he beat a wall of defenders to fire home his second of the night.
The Croatian was in fine form and proved his worth on a night when the team was struggling to create much.
Bale to play for Spain This was Bale’s sixth start for Spain, and was his first start since scoring two goals against Germany in the World Cup qualifier against Portugal in October.
Bale made his debut in the 1-1 draw against Spain in June, and played in his 10th World Cup game, the last of which came in October 2014.
Bale and Ronaldo to miss the Copa America final The Real Madrid captain and the Portuguese international both have to be rested for the Copas America.
The game will be a major headache for Real and Spain , but they will still have time to prepare.
The two were supposed to be in Argentina for the final, but the pair missed the last game, as Ronaldo was on holiday and was unable to travel with the team.
Ronaldo to return to Real for the 2017/18 season Ronaldo will be back for the season after missing two months with a calf injury.
The Real forward had already said that he would miss the World Championship with Portugal, but he is back for at least the Copacabana.
He has scored nine goals in 18 appearances for the club so far.
Dries Mertens to play in Copa del Rey in June Dries would have started the Copana with Portugal had he not suffered a knee injury.
But the midfielder is ready to play and is also looking forward to the upcoming Copa Del Rey.
He will be hoping to return with the Portugal team.
Mertes hat-time hat-drop against Napoli Dries was a key part of Real’s first-half comeback against Napolo in the Copal del Rey.
The midfielder had scored two goals in two games, but was substituted in the 76th minute against Napolitano.
The win was Dries 10th goal in his last 12 matches for the team, and his third in the Champions Leagues.
Meretz to be the next Real Madrid player to be released after two years and €90m Merez has been released from his contract with Real Madrid following two seasons and €30m.
The former Borussia Dortmund player joined the club in 2015, but his contract was due to expire in 2020.
He scored just two goals and made just two assists in the first two seasons of his contract, which also saw him earn a further €6.6m.
Neymar to return for the 2018/19 season Neymar will be out of contract in 2021, and will be coming back to Real after five years at Barcelona