Goal's World Player of the Week: Gareth Bale

The Real Madrid winger scored against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, then against Real Sociedad in La Liga.
World Player of the Week
Gareth Bale
AGE  24
PLAYS FOR Real Madrid

Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund
Real Sociedad 0-4 Real Madrid

With each passing week the 100 million euro noose around the neck of Gareth Bale loosens a knot, and twice in the last week the winger has demonstrated his growing stature.

The 24-year-old was at his brilliant best in the 3-0 demolition of Borussia Dortmund and then stepped up to the plate in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday to keep Madrid in the hunt for La Liga.

Goal's Miguel Churruca said: "It was a key week for Real Madrid not only in its Champions League challenge but also in the race ahead La Liga title, where Los Blancos are still three points behind Atletico Madrid.

"Gareth Bale proved to be a determinant player with or without Ronaldo on the pitch. The Welshman made it 1-0 in the third minute of the Champions League clash against Dortmund in the first leg of the quarterfinal knockout. He also made several stunning moves across the field and ended the game with a standing ovation from Madrid supporters. 

"The former Tottenham player took the leading role in Anoeta, where Ronaldo was absent through injury. Bale made it 2-0 when he took advantage of Real Sociedad keeper Claudio Bravo's stray throw and lashed home from 20 yards, leading the way as his side triumphed 4-0."

Congratulations to Gareth Bale, Goal's 255th World Player of the Week winner!

The Shortlist

Ezequiel Lavezzi - Paris Saint-Germain

@RBairner: "Terrible header by Terry and Lavezzi smashes in off the bar."

Goal's Naim Beneddra: "A stunning goal against Chelsea in the Champions League continued his brilliant start to the year.

Mattia Destro - Roma

 @RomaShield27: "13 goals in 18 games and his season only started in December."

Goal's Alec Fenn: "A hat trick at Cagliari on Sunday afternoon keeps Roma's very slim Serie A title hopes alive."

Juan Mata - Manchester United

 @ManUtdFC_Fan: "Brilliant piece of skill to set up Januzaj's goal."

Goal's Miles Chambers: "At last finding his feet for his new club after scoring two brilliant goals at Newcastle for United."

Romelu Lukaku - Everton

@romariocamps: "The world's greatest young player has scored!"

Goal's Enis Koylu: "Ran Arsenal ragged from the right wing. Smashed home a 25-yard stunner in the 3-0 win."