This is why Gareth Bale played with a hole in his sock

Real Madrid crushed Celta de Vigo during the weekend, winning 7-1 at the Bernabeu on matchday 28 in the Primera Division.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals for Los Blancos, while Gareth Bale hit the seventh goal of the match. It was a welcome goal for the Welshman and former Tottenham star, as he returned from a seven-game La Liga absence due to another calf injury.

Bale has now scored 14 goals in just 16 league matches for Real, while also providing eight assists. But most of all, the 26-year-old looked healthy again, enjoying his 25 minutes on the pitch, as he replaced Isco just after the hour mark.

However, Bale left more than a couple of fans and analists baffled when he appeared with a big hole in his sock. He is known for his long-running tradition of cutting off the foot portion of his sock in order to wear a training pair, but no one really knew what the hole was about.

Until Goal.com revealed that it was an attempt to ease compression pressure from his sock to his muscle.

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