It may have been some time since the Welshman last kicked a ball in anger due to the drawn-out nature of his move from Tottenham, but he will soon be able to get back to what he does best.
And if he can acclimatise and live up to the hype by reproducing anything like the form he showed at Spurs last season, the world game could have another star on its hands.
Success on the field could quickly be followed by more off it with the 24-year-old already having much in place to build a 'Bale brand'.
Most notably Bale has already trademarked an image of his "11 of Hearts" goal celebration.
Bale may have begun making a heart symbol with his hands after scoring as a nice gesture to his girlfriend, but the act has become highly distinctive and, consequently, a powerful marketing tool.
The forward now has a logo based on this action, a picture of a pair hands making a heart shape around a number 11 - his Spurs and now Real Madrid shirt number - that can now be used on any merchandise he chooses to endorse.
Bale is already thought to earn £2million a year from his deals with adidas but new ventures based around the "11 of Hearts" could see him pocket many millions more in external income.
Brand expert Nigel Currie, director of sports marketing agency brandRapport, said: "I think this could be incredibly powerful.
"He has already been identified as one of the really hot prospects in the Premier League and now he is going to be in such demand.
"He is a really personable bloke. He looks good, comes across well.
"All those factors lend us to think he is going to be one of the next hot, hot properties on the marketing front.
"A move to one of the biggest clubs in Europe, Champions League football and all the profile that comes from playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and other stars, and the tag of being one of the highest transfer fee players in the world, catapults him into a completely different league in terms of his marketability and profile.
"By protecting his image rights in the way that he has he and his management are obviously thinking ahead in terms of ways he can maximise his off-pitch earnings over the next three to five years.
"They have clearly got plans. They can launch brands or different products off the back of this."
Yet Bale need not just stop there.
The heart celebration would be the perfect mannerism to register under a new image rights law in Guernsey.
Last December the Channel island passed the first significant international law to allow celebrities to protect aspects of their personality in a formal way.
This could include images, catchphrases, gestures and voices and therefore goes much further than a trademark, potentially opening up a raft of new marketing possibilities.
For instance double Olympic long-distance champion Mo Farah could have registered his 'Mobot' celebration.
Any third party using such registered image rights without authorisation could be sued in Guernsey courts, and with reciprocal legal arrangements in place, this law could possibly be enforced in the UK.
Tennis player Heather Watson is one of the first professional sports players to take advantage of the legislation.
David Evans, director of law firm Collas Crill, who specialise in intellectual property matters, said: "I think at the moment what Gareth has done is register a trademark.
"You could imagine he'd put the trademark on clothing or footwear. It can be utilised in the course of business.
"The image right is a much wider right than that.
"It doesn't demand a link to anything you are going to sell under that name or logo.
"It certainly has a great deal of potential for people like Gareth Bale and other people in that sphere.
"It gives you something completely different to what a trademark gives you. That is not to say he shouldn't have got the trademark - that's a good thing - but it would certainly be of use to certain individuals to add an image right to the portfolio.
"How much someone could earn is not our area of expertise, but it's millions. The sky's the limit if it is managed properly."