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Bale has returned to the Spanish giants after enjoying last season on loan at Tottenham.
And Carlo Ancelotti handed the Welshman a start against Milan in a transfer lifeline ahead of the new season.
The 32-year-old oddly sported the number 50 shirt, with his number 11 shirt now in the possession of Marco Asensio.
Bale's new shirt number did NOT go down well with fans, who slammed the club over the treatment of the star forward.
Why tf is Bale wearing #50???? Why?? Just why?? Doesn't sit well man :( pic.twitter.com/7VT2sbb2s3- :gun: (@aaaaannccchhh) August 8, 2021
Gareth Bale out here wearing number 50 :sob::sob::sob:- HH (@Herbavelli) August 8, 2021
One tweeted: "Bale is wearing 50???"
A second wrote: "Why is Bale number 50 for Madrid lmao."
A third added: "Seems pretty cheeky giving bale the 50 jersey."
Despite Zinedine Zidane's departure, Bale still sees himself in the same boat as before even with Ancelotti's appointment.
Speaking in June, he said: "I know Carlo Ancelotti is a great manager. I get on with him really well, we had some great times in the past.
"He's returned to Real Madrid and he's a great guy.
"We had a great time together at Real Madrid and I'm sure he's going to be amazing in charge there.
"I spoke to him when we played Everton at the start of the season, we hugged and had a little chat which was nice.
"But I'm still in the same boat and haven't thought about it too much. I'm concentrated on our preparation now and what's going to happen in the Euros. I'll sort the rest of it after."