Bale named Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid poses with his Adidas Golden Ball award after the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Gareth Bale has won the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball award following his impressive performances at Abu Dhabi

The Welsh winger proved to be a vital member of the Real Madrid squad this week as they became the first team in history to win three Club World Cups in a row.

Bale proved to be unstoppable in Los Blancos’ 3-1 win against Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals by scoring a hat-trick.

In the final itself on Saturday, Bale played the full 90 minutes and helped Real defeat local side Al Ain 4-1 – which nearly saw him repeat his overhead Champions League final goal as well.

Now Bale’s exploits in Abu Dhabi have crowned him the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - APRIL 03: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid sits on the bench prior to the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Mestalla on April 03, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Valdano doesn’t believe Bale will stay with Madrid

The Wales international is rumored to be moving out of Real Madrid in the summer, as the team doesn't seem to find a place for him.

Al Ain’s Caio won the Silver Ball with River Plate’s Santos Borre collecting the Bronze Ball.

Last year’s winner for the Golden Ball was Luka Modric, who has since gone on to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.