But the Welshman, 29, was in little mood to celebrate after stroking home and earning his side three points.
Bale has been left on the outside looking in under Santiago Solari, with the season in which he was meant to step up in place of Cristiano Ronaldo having gone anything but to plan.
Madrid’s Argentine boss currently prefers a front trio of Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benezema and Brazilian youngster Vinicius Junior.
That has left both Bale and Spain playmaker Isco on the outside looking in, the four-time Champions League-winning pair both left unhappy at bit-part roles.
Bale’s frustration spilled over after his strike against Levante; in no mood to celebrate, he pushed away Vazquez, running back to the halfway line.
He slapped hands with only Nacho, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane as he made his way back to the halfway line, and in that moment his unhappiness was seemingly made clear.
Madrid boss Solari said after the game that he was delighted with Bale’s display and “loved” Bale’s anger. He also added that “Bale was euphoric in the changing room”.
However, it’s been claimed in Spain that Bale’s actions haven’t sat well with a dressing room that has recently been vocal in its criticism of his character.
Both Marcelo and Thibaut Courtois have recently spoken out on Bale, with the latter particularly scathing over the Wales ace spending most of his free time on the golf course and didn’t socialise with teammates.
“I would say he has so much talent, but that it is such a shame that so often that talent is blocked from shining,” Courtois told Belgian newspaper HLN earlier this month
“The other night we had a dinner with the entire squad. But Bale and [Toni] Kroos did not turn up. They considered the dinner was too late at night. We had met up at 21:30 and started eating at 22:15. But Bale didn’t come. He told us he goes to bed at 23:00.”
Whether intentionally or not, Courtois’ comments made Bale sound like something of a joke.
But speaking on El Chiringuito, OK Diario chief Eduardo Inda revealed that teammates frustrations with Bale are reaching boiling point, with Sergio Ramos unhappy with his snub of Vazquez – a close friend of the Madrid skipper.
Inda also stated: “The only person who speaks to him in the dressing room is [Luka] Modric.
“The gesture has not gone down well.
“It also bothers them (the players) that he escapes from the [fitness coach Anton] Pintus exercises, alleging physical discomfort. He is too often missing.”
Inda also adds that Madrid stars have given Bale two nicknames, both of which brutally show how ostracised he has become.
“He has two nicknames ‘the golfer’ and ‘the Martian’.”
Despite scoring 101 goals for the club in his five-and-a-half years, and his heroics in the Champions League final against Liverpool last term, as we enter the most important period of the current campaign, Bale has never looked so much like a spare part.
A section of the Madrid media have also begun campaigning for his exit this summer, using his love of golf as a stick to beat him with; Bale’s decision to arrive at Levante’s stadium on Sunday watching golf on his mobile phone was highlighted by El Chiringuito.
It is also far from a coincidence that this week an AS editorial placed the blame on Bale for Real Madrid’s failure to land Kylian Mbappe in 2017.
Ahead of Wednesday night’s Clasico in the Copa del Rey, Solari said: “Bale is focused. Just like the rest of his teammates”.
However, at a time where Madrid are looking not only at how to sign Eden Hazard but also how to pay for it, the focus with regards Bale seems less and less on the actual football.
Whether he starts against Barcelona or not, it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will still be in Spain next season.