Bale has climbed the hierarchy in this Real Madrid side

One way to celebrate your new contract...

There’s no better way to celebrate your contract extension with Real Madrid than scoring a goal like Gareth Bale did on Wednesday. He had joked on social media last week about imitating Nacho’s golazo in León, and in Warsaw he cracked in a volley of his own beautiful style. Everyday Bale is looking a little more like the Bale we see with Wales, and seems determined to pull the cart for the BBC so far this season.

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale shoots the ball during the UEFA Champions League group F football match Legia Warsaw vs Real Madrid CF in Warsaw

Rise is status 

The hierarchy that this Real Madrid team has was evident in details that we saw at the Polish Army Stadium: free kicks on the right taken by Bale, ones on the left taken by Cristiano… 

Until not long ago such a circumstance was unthinkable in a side which the Portuguese forward devoured records season after season. The club have long been preparing for a succession that we’ll never know when will arrive because Cristiano, despite not being like he was before, still has two more goals than the Welshman…