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Gareth Bale scored decisive goals to raise the Copa del Rey and La Décima

On his first season.

Shaun Botterill

When Real Madrid spent 100M€ so sign Bale away from Tottenham, some expected him to be a great signing. Some others thought he would never adapt to the right wing. But not many really believed he could score the winning goals in both the Copa del Rey Final against Barcelona and the Champions League Final against Atlético. He wasn't particularly brilliant in any of those games, and yet he delivered the trophies.

It's not easy to accomplish Bale's success on this club. The joined the team without any preseason and got a crucial role in a very disjointed team. He wasn't performing well until Jesé Rodríguez started to show what he's capable of. That competition with Big Flow woke Bale up and the Welsh player soon started to score goals and assist his teammates with ease. 22 goals and 19 assists in all three competitions played with Real Madrid -44 matches- are just a glimpse of how greatly he could improve next season now that he's more comfortable with his teammates and will have a preseason this summer.

His shout when he scored Real's second goal speaks for itself and summarizes how good his season has been. He has adapted to play with Cristiano Ronaldo and he knows that the Portuguese forward is Real Madrid's start. Bale has embraced that role and has decided to learn from Ronaldo, because he knows he will need to carry the torch for quite some time.

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