Despite this, Bale has scored 18 goals this season, and his latest one on Saturday against Celta Vigo might be the best of the lot. The plan paid off in the 12th minute as Madrid set up Gareth Bale in from the half of the field to give the Los Blancos the first goal of the match.
A majestic third from Isco put the result beyond any doubt and teenage full-back Achraf Hakimi piled on further misery for Celta boss and former Barca assistant Juan Carlos Unzue, who saw defender Sergi Gomez put through his own goal 16 minutes from time. Celta Vigo also had an attempt in the 15th minute but it played over the bar.
Isco floated a pass deep into Celta's problem left channel, where a rampant Bale cut inside by nutmegging Jonny and lashed into the top corner from a narrow angle. There was to be no hat-trick for Bale, however, with the Welshman replaced in the 72nd minute of the contest.
The visitors' day continued to get worse when Gomez scored an own-goal in the 75th minute after his attempted interception from substitute Marco Asensio's cross beat Alvarez.
Real's fourth goal of the evening arrived eight minutes after the break with Achraf Hakimi finding the back of the net.
Zinedine Zidane's side were ruthless in their final home game of the season as they put behind them the midweek defeat to Sevilla.
Real thumped Celta 6-0 on the night.