Real Madrid fans had a sense of humor when writer’s son Gareth Bale returned to the pitch and scored the club’s first goal of the evening against Leonte on Sunday. It took Welshman just five minutes to remind spectators of his glorious days with the Spanish giants.
Bell’s left-footed strike gave Real Madrid an early lead but Leonte struggled to keep it to a 3-3 draw in the end.
However, Bell’s goal was the Town of the Town because of the fact that it was his first goal for Real Madrid in 578 days. This is a long drought for a player who has won four Champions League titles with Los Blancos.
It is safe to say that the Bulls have been slowing down most of the last three seasons after spending time on the bench or on loan. His last goal for the club was in the Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid on 22 January 2020. That same season, he scored just three times for Real Madrid, the lowest number since joining the club.
Last season, he returned to England on loan to Tottenham Hotspur, and it was a big surprise when he made it clear that he intended to play in the final year of his contract with Real Madrid.
Returning manager Carlo Ancelotti has shown extraordinary confidence in Bell, giving him two straight starts this season. The Italian knows the player well, after working together between 2013-2015 during the first spell of the manager in charge of Santiago Bernabeu.
In fact, while his passion and enthusiasm have been questioned over the past two years, Bell has always maintained his standards. Last season, he scored 14 goals for the Spurs.
Ancelotti is determined to make the most of the situation, and work with Bell to have a successful season together.