MADRID (Reuters) – Gareth Bale has scored Real Madrid in each of the last three La Liga seasons, but each time he plays a supporting role in Cristiano Ronaldo's show.
Football Football – La Liga Santander – Real Madrid vs Getafe – Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain ̵
Now the Portuguese striker, Real is all – Time top scorer, has left Juventus, the 29-year-old is the obligation to be the leader in attack.
With a little help from the Welsh, Dani Carvajal, who went home to send Madrid forward, was warming up when Bale added the second in a 2-0 victory over Getafe.
After scoring the first goal and turning the second to bring the new La Liga season of new coach Julen Lopetegui to a successful start, the comparisons with Ronaldo were natural.
Defender Nacho Fernandez, however, insisted that Bale is his own talent and does not have to follow in the footsteps of another.
"It's not about his pursuing Ronaldo's path," Nacho said.
"Cristiano has left an entire era here, Bale is a really important player for us and he has won many trophies here and can not prove anything to anyone," he added.
"Everyone knows they can count on him and I'm sure he will continue to perform well, the fans are full behind Bale and he is very happy with Real Madrid, we have fantastic strikers here."
Bale hit a crossbar on the crossbar in the first half before his shot was pushed by Getafe's David Soria into Carvajal's run.
On 51 minutes, the striker sealed Madrid's victory and responded in the box to pass a ball past Soria.
"He was the best, most dangerous and apt player in Real's La Liga prelude, it was like seeing Ronaldo," said the Spanish newspaper Marca on Monday.
However, this was the first league game since Ronaldo's departure and Madrid also had its lowest attendance since the arrival of the Portuguese in 2009.
On Sunday, 48,466 fans were present and barely filled half of the 90,000 places, the lowest number since May 24, 2009, when 44,270 witnessed a 3-1 home defeat to Real Mallorca.
Ronaldo's presence at the Bernabeu was undoubtedly a draw and without a replacement, Madrid relies on Bale to become the new talisman of the team that has the power to attract the masses and bring the team to fame.
Reporting by Rik Sharma, Ed Edison cut