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Gareth Bale hat trick leads Real Madrid to big win (video)

Nov 30, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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The narrative writes itself on this one, as Gareth Bale provided a hat trick in his latest opportunity to ease the pain of Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury.

But let’s not get carried away. Saturday’s La Liga win was a romp-and-stomp over defenseless and overmatched Real Valladolid. All credit to Bale for finding the gaps – but they were vast.

He will have tougher nights, for sure. His threesome Saturday at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu included an uncontested header, an uncontested put-away from about eight yards and a little close-range finish as he was allowed to gallop free in the 18.

(MORE: Thigh injury sidelines Cristiano Ronaldo)

So, while Ronaldo and his Russian model girlfriend Irina Shayk watched from the stands in Madrid, Bale became only the second British player to record a hat-trick in La Liga action since Gary Lineker did so in 1987.

Bale, last year’s pride of Tottenham, of course, now has seven goals in La Liga matches and another pair in Champions League competition.

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  1. mianfr - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    It’s kind of stupefying to think about how much attacking talent Real Madrid has… Obviously it’s a tremendous blow to lose Ronaldo ever, but if any team can hold steady for a couple weeks without him, it’s them.

  2. footballer4ever - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    I feel it’s still premature to judge Bale on a hat trick against a small liga club. Sure, he scored a hat trick, good for him, but that barely would start to validate things unless 1-3 full seasons go by to evaluate all ups and downs a footballer can go thru and how he reacts to those events on and off the field.

    Personally, i think Bale went for the obscure limelight that Real Madrid represents, but as a footballer his footballing skills were a better setting at Premier League than La Liga which at most is really at most a 2-3 football league and the others are simply football clubs needed to make up a league, but not one to marvel at. Eventually, Europe will have to create a Super Football League in which le creme de la creme heavyweight football clubs are set up in a structural abd financial way where the best footballers in the planet can display their football week in and week out than just the current champions league format. The appetite for HQ football has grown so much that “amateur” teams playing a couple of the big boys in the neighborhood will not suffice to keep the interest needed. If that is not reached in the future and the Football, (cough, soccer for some of you nfl lovers) growth interest continues in the states then it’s not far-fetched to think a “new” Football can become and make this a reality in a not so distant future. Like the prehistoric dinosaurs, the American “football” dinosaurs will have to cease to exists and the head trauma concussion effects aura could be the beginning of the demise of a short lived “Romanesque” like US sporting empire. In the end, no empire has lasted forever and the nfl which in terms of “sporting empire” is only an empire within one empire country so as the boat goes the empire’s entertainment goes as well.

    Wow! That was an extended statement there which might bebound to cause some stir on the things stated.

  3. twayward - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    footballer4ever, a european super league will fill the coffers of a few clubs while further destroying scores of football clubs (even important and historic ones) throughout europe. nothing could be more myopic than tearing out the roots of domestic european football.

  4. footballer4ever - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    @twayward

    Grear point! Trust me that i am aware of what a SFL would mean, but something would have to give in. Either way, most countries usually have two big rival football clubs who usually end up winning that country’s chamnship. Again, this is something Europe eventually will have to evaluate because the current CL format is just an attempt to pit heavyweights which are the main attractions around the world and rarely a small club can cause an upset here and there. Europe has the luxury because that’s where the football blo$$oms and every footballer dreams of playing among the best. The only small obstacle that might not happen at all is FIFA which would not want a country/continent becoming more powerful or re$ourceful than Fifa.

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