Birthday Boy: Gareth Bale’s Top 5 goals!

Birthday Boy: Gareth Bale’s Top 5 goals!

Birthday Boy: Gareth Bale’s Top 5 goals!

The Welshman who was born in Cardiff turns 28-years-old today. He has become the highest profile footballer to ever come out of Wales, surpassing the likes of Ryan Giggs. He’s had a fantastic career so far and still has a good few years left of his peak.

As a young kid he was seriously sporty like you’d expect. He played football, rugby and hockey. He actually played rugby in the same school team as Sam Warburton who currently plays rugby union for Wales & British and Irish Lions. His professional football career began at Southampton where he actually played at left back. After a successful couple of years in the first team at St Mary’s he was bought by Tottenham who started to play him further down the left flank. After winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year, and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards during the 2012-13 season while playing for Spurs. This caught the attention of Real Madrid who made him the most expensive ever when they paid £85m for him.

Since the move to Spain he has won the Champions League x3, the Super Cup, La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup. We’re going to take a look at what we believe are his top five goals of his career in chronological order.

v Stoke City 2010

This is arguably his most famous goal in a Spurs shirt. Whenever you think about his time at Tottenham, this sensational volley comes to mind. Aaron Lennon put in a cross, looping and dropping, but seemingly too high. Bale lifted himself to his full height, leaned backwards and arched his foot around the ball. He somehow stopped it from rising over the bar and instead sent it back in the opposite direction and over keeper Thomas Sorensen to secure a 2-1 Tottenham win. World class.

v  West Ham 2013

This stunning strike once again underlined the Tottenham winger’s growing credentials as a modern day football genius as he guided the Lilywhites to a 3-2 win over West Ham United in February 2013. Bale’s cracking 90th minute effort, his second of the game, saw Spurs move to third in the table.

v Sunderland 2013

Gareth Bale added to his catalogue of spectacular goals with a brilliant late strike but that elation soon turned to deflation as the news filtered through from Tyneside that Spurs had been thwarted by their fiercest rivals in the chase for fourth place. A fantastic goal nonetheless.

v Elche 2014

Bale picked a loose ball up from around 30 yards out, before taking a touch and arrowing it towards goal. It looked even better as it crashed in off the underside of the bar.

v Barcelona 2014

Even with Marc Bartra trying his best to stop him, Gareth Bale sprinted past the Barcelona defender to win the 2014 Copa del Rey with minutes remaining. Bale took centre stage with Cristiano Ronaldo injured and the Real Madrid man celebrated wildly in the stands as he, and everyone else, marvelled at his team-mate’s brilliance.

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