When the rumours that Gareth Bale could join Real Madrid first emerged, the Welsh star refused to confirm or deny them.
But he did say that his biggest dream was to play for a major team in the Uefa Champions League.
Nobody can deny that Bale’s talent deserves to be illuminated on the grandest club stage of all, because he will never play at the World Cup for his country.
And so he was evidently delighted to make such a storming start to his Champions League career with Los Blancos on Tuesday night.
He came on midway through the second-half of Real’s demolition job at Galatasaray, and gave a sparkling cameo performance.
Real fans are abuzz with the connection he already seems to be fostering with Cristiano Ronaldo, and Bale himself is simply in the midst of the realisation of his own football dream.
"It is amazing and a big reason why I joined such a big club was to be playing in the biggest competition in the world and it was great to get out there tonight, get the win and a good start," he told Sky Sports after his first taste of the big time with Madrid.
After his unexpected inclusion in the starting line-up against Villarreal last weekend, Bale is even satisfied to have played a bit-part role last night, as he inches towards full match fitness.
"It is a different situation not to have a pre-season and it is a bit difficult, but I am feeling like I am getting there, getting minutes on the pitch and it is all about game time and building myself up," he said.
Meanwhile, the smile on Bale’s face as he departed the scene of Real’s big win last night confirmed that he is loving the way his life as a Galactico has started.
"I think all the boys have made me very welcome and I have settled straight away and I am enjoying my football and want to crack on now, get my fitness up and play a lot more games and have a good season," he said.