Marcelo has continued the tradition his compatriot established before him as a marauding, thrilling presence on the left side of Madrid's defence, and on Sunday he deservedly joined Carlos in a select club.
But the presence of players like Harry Kane and Dele Alli; those that interest Real Madrid, could play a role in bringing Bale back to the North of London.
Paper Round's view: Should Sanchez depart in January, Zaha offers Premier League experience that should make for an easy transition, and he would only be relocating from South London to the North, so it will hardly be a culture shock.
Emma Rhys-Jones had been planning a late-summer ceremony with the Wales international when she was hit by news of the death of her sister's partner.
And Bale's latest breakdown may just be the final straw for the European champions, who can't afford to be without a player they paid £85.1 million for back in 2013. The harder you try to get back you get a setback and sometimes you have to go through that.
And while that gap was bridged by the emergence of a wonderful Marco Asensio, and the blistering form of Isco, it's now starting to show. He just needs to get settled again and get his fitness.
If I am going to be the Welsh manager for two more years or four more years, whatever it is, I would like to see him stay at Real Madrid.
This season started well for Bale, but after the match in Dortmund on September 26, he has not played since.
Bale in action for Real Madrid in the Champions League.
"That's up to him and Real Madrid".
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Paper Round's view: Can has the potential to become an effective and sophisticated midfielder, especially if he leaves the one-note Jurgen Klopp behind.