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Football: 'Prince of Wales' Bale targets three crowns after King's Cup stunner

Published on Apr 17, 2014 5:43 PM
 
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after defeating Barcelona in the King's Cup final on April 16, 2014. His brilliant winner gave the world's most expensive player his first taste of major silverware and the Wales winger is hungry for more. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (REUTERS) - Gareth Bale's brilliant winner in Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona gave the world's most expensive player his first taste of major silverware and the Wales winger is hungry for more.

He was hailed as the "Prince of Wales" in the Spanish media on Thursday after he collected the ball wide on the left near the halfway line in the 85th minute at Valencia's Mestalla stadium, shrugged off the attentions of Barca centre-back Marc Bartra and charged towards goal.

Arriving in the penalty area and with Barca defenders bearing down on him, he coolly slotted the ball between the legs of goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto to secure a 2-1 success and set off wild celebrations in the Spanish capital.

It was a breathtaking end to the 228th meeting between the arch-rivals and Bale proved he can step up on the big occasions after a debut season disrupted by niggling injuries, during which many questioned his exorbitant price tag.

 
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