Gareth Bale nets first hat trick in almost three years for Real Madrid
Gareth Bale has scored his first cap trap for very nearly three years and required only 55 minutes to do so in the Fifa World Club Cup semi-final against Kashima in Abu Dhabi.
The Welshman is just the third player in Club World Cup history to net a hat-trick, after Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo. He additionally joins Lionel Messi and Ronaldo to wind up only the third player in the tournament’s history to score in three seperate editions.
The cap trap was sufficient to anchor Madrid’s place in the last against Al Ain, which will take place on Satuday, and brings his tally to 10 goals in 21 games across all competitions this season.
Bale’s last hat-trick came in January 2016 against Deportivo La Coruña, in which was previous mentor Zindene Zidane’s first game in charge following the sacking of Rafa Benitez.
That amusement completed 5-0, with his strike accomplice Karim Benzema scoring the other two goals to give Zidane the perfect start to his Madrid coaching career.