If the difference between good and great players is the ability to thrive in big matches then Gareth Bale truly earned his £85.3m move to Real Madrid.
The Welsh winger scored home and away in the north London derbies against Arsenal last term while at Tottenham, also firing away to Man Utd and at home to Man City and Liverpool.
It is therefore interesting that bwin offer 7/4 on him netting against Barcelona in La Liga this season, a bigger price for him to score across two games than he tended to be to bag in one towards the end of 2012/13.
Since Florentino Perez returned for a second term as Real Madrid president in 2009, Clasico debutants marking their introduction with a goal has been a recurring theme, albeit primarily on the Barcelona side.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed the only goal of the opening 2009/10 Clasico, David Villa struck twice in his first taste in 2010/11 and Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas both notched in 2011/12’s first La Liga encounter.
The Chilean forward got in on the act again when the rivals met for the second time in April 2012.
The thawing of the trend in 2012/13 can be attributed to the fact that both focussed on recruiting defenders (Jordi Alba) and providers (Luka Modric) rather than scorers.
Bale’s prospects of ensuring immediate Clasico adulation are enhanced by the ever-climbing strike rate when Real and Barca collide.
There hasn’t been a clean sheet kept by either team in the past 13 editions of the revered fixture, with at least three goals thrown up by the last four La Liga showdowns.
A further factor in Bale’s favour is Barcelona’s failure to deliver any defensive reinforcements, leaving them both light on options and overdependent on the ageing Carles Puyol being fit more often than he is injured.
Gerardo Martino’s men conceded twice to previously timid Valencia on matchday three, with Helder Postiga celebrating a brace.