It was an utter joy for every Tottenham fan when Gareth Bale rejoined the North London outfit on loan last summer, seven years after he left White Hart Lane for a world-record transfer to Real Madrid.
The Welsh winger was sensational during his first spell with Spurs, but could not replicate his form for the club in the first few months of his second spell under Jose Mourinho. Though, it is safe to say that the Real Madrid loanee has come into his own in recent outings and shown flashes of the extraordinary brilliance he is usually known for while playing in a white shirt.
Bale came up with such a moment of brilliance in the first leg of Spurs’ UEFA Europa League Round of 16 clash with Dinamo Zagreb last night, only seconds after he was subbed onto the pitch in the 64th minute.
Bale replaced Lamela on the right flank, and almost immediately got an assist for himself with an incredible pass with the outside of his left foot.
Bale showed immense technical ability and composure as he performed one of the hardest tricks there is in the game of football, hitting the ball as sweetly as ever with his dangerous left foot – conjuring up a creative cross which was met by Steven Bergwijn at the far post, who connected with a weak shot on the volley and was denied by the Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper.
The cross was worthy of an assist, but Spurs would not mind as they eventually won the match 2-0 with a brace from Harry Kane – but it was Bale who astonished and charmed the Lilywhites faithful with a piece of magical craft which proves that despite all of the recurring injuries and the years of turmoil at Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane, he has still got the moments of magic which made him a cult hero in his first spell with the club.
Check out the reactions to Bale’s filthy pass below –
watch this pass from bale 🤤 pic.twitter.com/7g6lbeNGVW— ☔️ (@NdombeleFC) March 12, 2021
What a pass. What a “Trivela”.— Chris. (@CatenaccioChris) March 11, 2021
I can confirm to you that Bale learned this with Ricardo Quaresma. pic.twitter.com/HLAOUbbwtM