Turn back the clocks to pre-Euros when Cristiano Ronaldo was undoubtedly on top of the world and the memories of his numerous quintessential "Ronaldo-esque" goals will come to mind. Those defense-severing diagonal runs initiated from 40-yards out or the willingness to overpower any player in the box with his height and strength - all of which have become categorized as prototypical goals from the Portuguese.
However, this season, the renowned £365,000-a-week forward isn't scoring those goals this season, certainly not as regularly - despite bagging a hat-trick last weekend. With his drop in acceleration and pace not what it used to be and his finishing off-target for the better half of the campaign, there's another man in the team that's taking a page out of the Portuguese's book and implemented it in his favor.
Against Leganes, Gareth Bale scored not one, but two classic Ronaldo-type goals that pushed Real Madrid to another 3-point outing.
The Welshman's diagonal runs went unnoticed for the first third of the game, but Isco delivered a perfectly weighted ball for Bale. The 30-yard pass asked for an incredible amount of composure from Bale, with the Leganes goalkeeper scampering off his line. However, as the best players on the planet typically do, Bale stayed level and touched his run around the keeper before calmly slotting his left-footed shot into an open net.
His second goal on the brink of halftime highlighted his newfound predatory approach, a quality the forward hasn't always been knowing for. With confusion in the box off Toni Kroos' delivery, the Welshman simply stabbed at the ball the fortunately fell his way - a credit to his positioning and reactions.
A free-kick nearly secured Bale's hat-trick in Ronaldo-like fashion, but brace proved enough to capture three points on the day. While Ronaldo's form continues to fluctuate from wee-to-week (bagging a hat-trick against Alaves and then struggling to involve himself against Leganes), Bale's enhanced scoring prowess and one-in-two strike rate thus far has been crucial to his side's early season success.