Gareth Bale, the Welsh superstar, literally burst on to the big stage back in 2010 when he scored a dazzling hattrick against Inter Milan. The speedster, who grew up as a cross-country runner, is reportedly angling for a move back to England with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur interested in him.
Bale, a former Southampton academy product, moved to Tottenham as a left-back with a flair for attacking play. He had a rapid development and was named the Football League Young Player of The Year in 2007, at the age of 17.
Over the years he pushed up from an average left-back to the most promising winger in the English Premier League. Bale’s exploits in the Premier League in the two seasons of 2009-10 and 2010-11 saw him become the best player in England.
The Premier League, known for its pace and physicality, saw the meteoric rise of the youngster as Bale went on to become the PFA Player’s Player of the Year in the 2012-13 season. He also won the Football Writer’s Association Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year in the same season.
Gareth Bale went on to finish the season with 26 goals and 15 assists and subsequently completed a move to the Spanish giants Real Madrid for a then world-record fee.
In his five seasons at the club, Bale has gone on to make 189 appearances scoring 88 goals and setting up 59 assists. He has also won the Spanish La Liga and four Champions League trophies with the Los Blancos.
However, his time at Real Madrid has not been easy by any measure. Under the reign of Zinedine Zidane, Bale has been forced to play a bit part role in the squad. His situation has been worsened by recurring injuries, which have seen him sidelined for a number of crucial matches over the last few years.
Bale, however, proved that he still has more than enough ammunition left in him last week when he came on to the pitch in the final of the UEFA Champions League at the hour mark and within five minutes produced a goal that could prove to be the goal of the season. Immediately after the win, Bale threw his future in the club into an area of uncertainty by claiming that he will sit over the next few weeks to discuss his options.
It has alerted multiple English clubs including his former employers Tottenham who are interested in a reunion with their prodigal son. Spurs have an array of attacking talents including the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Lucas which has made the North London club a major offensive threat in Europe right now.
Adding Bale to the team will only strengthen them, not to mention the joy it will bring to the fans who will be more than excited to welcome back their old hero.