Wale’s fairy-tale run at Euro’s 2016 has ended. They faced defeat in the semi-final clash against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. It was Wale’s first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup. Gareth Bale was central to a lot of good things Wale’s did at the Euros in France. So, here is an insight into the life of the world’s most expensive player and Welsh hero – Gareth Bale.
Gareth Frank Bale was born on July 16, 1989, in Cardiff, Wales.
2) Family Background
Gareth’s mother Debbie, is an operations manager, his father Frank is a school caretaker and former Fulham star and Welsh legend Chris Pike is his uncle.
3) The English Connection!
Gareth Bale’s grandmother is from England, which made him eligible to play for England. But he chose to represent Wales instead.
4) School Ground Rules
Gareth Bale was a cut above the rest in terms of his footballing skills, Bale’s school Physical Education teacher was forced to change the rules for him and only allowed him to use his weaker-foot and play one-touch.
5) Spotted at 9!
Gareth Bale was nine years old, when he was first spotted and signed by Southampton FC, when playing six a side match for his club, Cardiff Civil Service Football Club.
6) Original Position
Gareth Bale played as a left-back for the Southampton youth team, which is his original position.
At the young age of 14, Gareth Bale ran a 100 metre sprint in an 11.4 seconds!
At the young age of 14-years-old, Gareth Bale ran a 100 metre sprint in an 11.4 seconds!
8) Tottenham Move!
He played in the same Southampton youth team as Nathan Dyer and Theo Walcott before moving to Tottenham for a fee of 7 million Pounds in 2007.
9) Young debuts for Club & Country!
Gareth Bale made his international debut for Wales at the age of 16. And he was the second youngest player to play for the Saints, the youngest being Theo Walcott.
10) 24 Games Winless!
In his early days at Spurs, Bale played a record 24 Premier League games for the London-based club without winning.
11) Player Of The Month
Gareth Bale has won English Premier League’s Player of the Month more times than fellow countryman, Ryan Giggs.
12) PFA Record!
Gareth Bale has been crowned PFA player and young player of the year in a single season. The two other players to achieve this feat are players Andy Gray and Cristiano Ronaldo.
13) 85 Million!
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid for a record fee of £85 million in 2013.
14) Heart Celebration!
In March 2013, Bale filed an application with the Intellectual Property Office to register a logo based on his famous “heart” goal celebration along with his squad number, 11, to be used on a range of clothing and footwear.
15) UCL Final!
Gareth Bale became the first Welsh man to score in the “UEFA Champions League Final”, when Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid, 4-1 in 2014.
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