Bale has paid back his £85m transfer fee, say Goal readers

The Welshman has enjoyed an incredible first season in Spain, notching 22 goals and 17 assists and scoring decisive goals in the Copa del Rey and Champions League finals

Gareth Bale has already repaid the world-record £85 million Real Madrid paid Tottenham to acquire his services last summer, according to Goal readers.

Bale scored the second goal for Los Blancos in extra time of their Champions League final clash with Atletico Madrid at Estadio da Luz on Saturday, heading into an empty net after Thibaut Courtois had saved from Angel Di Maria.

Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo also struck late on against a tired Atletico side as Carlo Ancelotti's men secured La Decima in style with a 4-1 victory.

But it was Bale's strike which proved the decisive one - a strike particularly impressive given that the Welshman had wasted three presentable chances for his side in normal time.

The goal caps a magnificent first season in Spain for Bale, who also scored the winning goal in Madrid's Copa del Rey final triumph over Barcelona in April and has notched 22 goals and 17 assists in all competitions.

And some 70.5 per cent of Goal readers who voted in our poll believe the Welshman has already justified his world-record price-tag, while just 29.5% feel he still has more to prove.