After an excruciating summer, Real Madrid bought the Premier League player of the year Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a world-record fee of £85.3 million. Today, Bale made his debut against Villarreal, who surprisingly were kind of thumping Madrid for much of the first half and took a 1-0 lead 21 minutes in.

But seven minutes before the break, Madrid defender Daniel Carvajal got to Villarreal's endline and played a ball across the face of goal. Bale was able to get inside of his defender, beat everyone to the ball, and tap home the easy finish.

Bale demanded such a large fee because in addition to scoring tons of great goals last year for Spurs, he scored a lot of important ones. His goal shifted momentum into Madrid's favor somewhat, and in the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo scored to put their side ahead, 2-1. They led until Mexican winger Giovani dos Santos just scored to level the score with about 20 minutes to play.

Bale was subbed off for √Āngel di Mar√≠a in the 62nd minute.