Gareth Bale scored in his first game for Real Madrid on Saturday night. The Wales star started against Villarreal, and found the net from close range in the first half, before being substituted after an hour.
Proud to score on my debut and pleased to get 60 minutes tonight, just disappointed not to get the result. Looking forward to Tuesday now.
There was plenty of support from back home on Twitter - Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe quick to congratulate Bale on his debut goal, and encouragement too from Michael Owen, who spent a season playing for Real Madrid.
Wales star Gareth Bale scored on his debut for Real Madrid last night.
The 24-year-old, who became the world's most expensive player when he joined the Spanish giants for £85m from Spurs a fortnight ago, was handed his first start for Madrid against La Liga rivals Villarreal - and began to pay some of that transfer fee back with a first-half goal.
Bale poked the ball in from close range after a cross from Daniel Carvajal to equalise for Madrid just before half-time.
He went close with a shot from outside the area early in the second half, but was withdrawn after 62 minutes, as he is still not fully fit.
Wales' Gareth Bale will make his debut for Real Madrid against Villareal later tonight. The Welshman became the world's most expensive football player when he was sold to the Spanish side for more than £85m on the 1st September.
Bale came off the bench for Wales against Serbia earlier in the week, but this will be his first start for his new club.
Gareth Bale has trained with his new Real Madrid teammates for the first time.
The £85m Wales star returned to Madrid after international duty, and could make his Real debut against Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday.
Most anticipated was Bale's meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo - the Portuguese he replaced as the most expensive footballer in the world, and a player who is unlikely to want to give up his position as Madrid's leading star.
The Spanish giants' big-money signings are famously known as 'Galacticos', and the 24-year-old from Cardiff has very much become one of them.
Wales manager Chris Coleman has said it would be "dangerous" if Real Madrid try to play Gareth Bale for a full 90 minutes on Saturday.
The 24-year-old is in line to make his debut for his new club against Villarreal, after appearing as a substitute for Wales, in their 3-0 defeat to Serbia.
Bale has been suffering with a foot injury, and then a groin problem. He came off the bench with just over half an hour remaining, and almost grabbed a goal with a free-kick.
Coleman said: "If he starts Saturday, he will not finish the game. I would be amazed if he does. We have looked at him in these 10 days and he is nowhere near ready for 90 minutes, even if Spanish football is slower. He has only had four training sessions in two months which is dangerous."