Arsène Wenger once described Lionel Messi as being 'like a Playstation player'.
Last night, Gareth Bale was more like a Playstation player with the cheat codes activated as he sprinted to score an audacious solo goal, winning his first trophy and being finally embraced as a true galáctico in the process.
Collecting the ball on the half way line, the Welshman knocked it past Marc Bartra and then galloped 50 yards around the outside of the Barcelona centre back before regaining possession and slotting home through José Pinto's legs.
With just 5 minutes left on the clock Bale had won the Copa del Rey with a staggering display of pace and athleticism, banishing any lingering doubts over his ability to perform in big games since his world-record £85m move from Tottenham last summer.
Now the Bernabeu faithful know the 24-year-old is the real deal – and so does his teammates.
"It was incredible, I have never seen anything like it," said Xabi Alonso. "I had the perfect view of, it was a fantastic goal from an extraordinary player," said Real coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Even thwarted Barca boss Gerardo Martino added: "It is difficult to see a player sprint like that at that stage of the game." Difficult for Martino, maybe. Thrilling for the rest of us.
Meanwhile, the man who usually scores Real Madrid's wonder goals, Cristiano Ronaldo, tried his best to steal the limelight with yet another eyebrow-raising fashion faux pas.
Joining his team to collect the trophy after he was forced to sit out with a knee and thigh injury, the Portuguese opted to wear an over-sized baseball cap slightly too high on his head. With a suit.