Gareth Bale required fewer than two minutes to rocket home a header and put Real Madrid up against Real Sociedad in Los Blancos‘ La Liga season opener. Bale would also score with the last kick of the game to bookend a comfortable 3-0 away victory for the 2015-16 Champions League winners. The Welshman
For a brief flash, it looked like Barcelona’s campaign to win a third straight La Liga title — and a fourth in five years, and a ninth in 13 — might get off to a wobble. But that was long before Luis Enrique’s men would run away with the game and get off to a 6-2 winning start to the league season.
Is it merely better at the top end than the Premier League? La Liga is back and all our lives are better for it. As a player, Zizou arrived at Real Madrid at the height of his powers, already established as one of the best playmakers in the world.