Gareth Bale made his Los Angeles FC debut on Sunday night following his move to the United States last month.
The Welsh forward, who signed a one-year deal with the Major League Soccer outfit, came on in the 72nd minute against Nashville SC.
LAFC were already 2-1 up thanks to goals either side of half-time from Cristian Arango and Jose Cifuentes.
But Bale, who turned 33 on Saturday, still managed to catch the eye during his second-half cameo.
BALE SUBS ON FOR HIS LAFC DEBUT 🤩 pic.twitter.com/SknBpKhcfM— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 18, 2022
Video: Gareth Bale’s first touches for LAFC
The former Real Madrid superstar immediately wowed the crowd with a couple of sublime touches after entering the fray.
After flicking the ball to a teammate, Bale received it again on the touchline and bamboozled Nashville defender Daniel Lovitz with a beautiful piece of skill.
Watch Bale’s first MLS touches here:
Bale's first 2 touches for LAFC 😮🔥 pic.twitter.com/gBs0iukosD— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 18, 2022
Not a bad introduction, eh?
LAFC sit top of MLS Western Conference
Bale might feel a tad disappointed that he didn’t get on the scoresheet but he still played his part as LAFC secured all three points.
The Wales international’s new employers currently sit top of MLS’s Western Conference, one point ahead of Austin FC with a game in hand.
Video: Bale’s interview after LAFC debut
Bale spoke to the American media after the final whistle and said “it felt amazing” to make his debut.
“I was itching from the first half,” he added. “As soon as I got on the bench I wanted to try and get off and help the team. It was also important for me to get my fitness.”
You can watch Bale’s post-match interview here:
"It felt amazing. I was itching from the first half. As soon as I got on the bench I wanted to try and get off and help the team. It was also important for me to get my fitness."— LAFC (@LAFC) July 18, 2022
🎙️ @GarethBale11 #LAFC pic.twitter.com/8KY6hlXRBi
After such a difficult couple of years, it’s refreshing to see Bale looking so happy and relaxed again.
There are few better footballers in the world when the former Premier League ace is on top of his game and hopefully he can produce plenty of special performances during his MLS adventure.
Gareth Bale is all in 🖤 pic.twitter.com/fXfqX85a31— valeria 🦇 (@findingnebula) July 18, 2022