Gareth Bale sets to targets Real Madrid treble after Copa del Rey winner this season as he eyes the award.Bale has targeted the treble after his “dream come true” winner in the Copa del Rey final.

The Welshman scored a brilliant individual goal as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-1 in Valencia.

Real Madrid lie second in La Liga and will meet Bayern Munich in the last four of the Champions League.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

Bale drew Madrid’s attention while at Tottenham after producing stunning goal upon stunning goal. He has scored some memorable ones during his first season in Spain too, but none more so than the one to win his first senior trophy.

“I had to sprint, Bartra pushed me and tried to restrain my path but wasn’t able to,” he added.

“I had to go around him. It was great to score the goal but even better to win the match and pick up a title for Real Madrid.

“The atmosphere was also very fantastic. It has been a perfect night. I’m delighted to have won my very first title with Madrid. I think we could go on to win even more this season.”

Bale was joined in the on-field celebrations by Cristiano Ronaldo, ruled out of the clash through injury.

“It was really special,” Bale, 24, said. “We’ve won the first of the three available titles and we have to keep fighting for everything.”

Gareth Bale’s season at Real

La Liga Champions League Copa del Rey
Games 25 9 4
Goals 14 5 1
Assists 11 2 1

* Statistics correct after Copa del Rey final

Bale’s winner came five minutes from time as he outsprinted Barcelona defender Marc Bartra from the halfway line before shooting past keeper Jose Manuel Pinto.

Real had taken an early lead through Angel Di Maria, but Barca levelled through Bartra’s second-half header.

Former Tottenham star Bale had been accused of failing to influence Real Madrid’s big matches since arriving at the Bernabeu in a world record £85m switch last summer.

He has scored 20 goals in all competitions, including 14 in La Liga, but failed to find the net in four league encounters with title rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, as well as the Champions League second leg against Borussia Dortmund.

After leading Real Madrid to their first trophy since 2012, coach Carlo Ancelotti says the goal proves Bale can influence key matches.

“It is certainly the most important goal of Bale’s career,” he said. “It came at a decisive point of the match.”

Real are three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid in La Liga with five games remaining and host holders Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday.

The Wales international – in his debut season for the club after his world record move from Tottenham – scored the winner with seven minutes left as Barcelona were beaten 2-1 in Valencia.

Bale has been an impressive performer for Real this season but had drawn some criticism for failing to score in their league games against old rivals Barca. He put that right in some style.

He took the ball in his own half close to the touchline, pushed it ahead of Marc Bartra and sprinted after it. Bartra’s position meant Bale had to leave the field by some distance before returning ahead of the defender, collecting the ball, bringing it inside on his right foot and then slotting underneath Pinto with his left.

“The atmosphere was fantastic. It has been a perfect night. I’m delighted to have won my first title with Madrid. I think we could go on to win even more this season.”

Bale was joined in the on-field celebrations by Cristiano Ronaldo, ruled out of the clash through injury.

It was initially suggested that coach Carlo Ancelotti would struggle to marry the Ballon D’Or winner and Bale together, but that has not been an issue, and a suited Ronaldo grabbed Bale in amongst Real’s hysteria.

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