Real Madrid have been European champions for the past three seasons, and they don’t look ready to be knocked off their perch just yet. Against Roma on Wednesday, the signals were there that they could make a run for an unlikely fourth title in a row.
One person who stands to have a much simpler time recreating the magic of last season’s European Champions League campaign is Gareth Bale. With Los Blancos desperate for a talisman to replace Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal-scoring exploits, the Welshman appears ready to step into the void.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal
Those injury-riddled months of isolation, the doubts, the question marks over his price tag, the whistles and the boos; but now, with Ronaldo out of the picture, the path has cleared for Bale to create his own legacy at the Bernabeu. After the Champions League final when Ronaldo said “it was nice being at Real Madrid” and hinted at a move away, Bale did the same. Ronaldo was serious, and maybe Bale was too, but he just wanted to be counted on. Once the Portuguese departed, Madrid’s No. 11 was happy.
And he has been on a mission ever since to prove to the fans at the Bernabeu, Julen Lopetegui and himself that he has what it takes. Real Madrid had 17 chances in that first half, and Bale accounted for five of them. Maybe the shots were born from that sheer ambition to be Madrid’s first goal scorer of the 2018-19 campaign, the first in the Champions League in the post-Ronaldo era, something tangible to help his team win but something symbolic to announce his arrival as their talisman.
He didn’t score the first, but he rifled home the second with help from a lovely Luka Modric pass. He hit the underside of the bar just before that, too, and on another day might have had a hat trick.
The debate will continue as to how Real Madrid will replace Ronaldo’s goals, but Bale knows this is his time in the spotlight, and he’s proving himself more than capable so far.cheap nfl nike jerseys china
And amid a Serie A campaign in which Roma have dropped points in three of their opening four matches, last year’s Champions League semifinalists suggested repeating that feat will be problematic in 2018-19. After conceding more than 60 percent of the ball and 30 shots in Madrid, the Giallorossi now sit bottom of Group G, looking up at both CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen, who drew on Wednesday.