Gareth Bale is one of the world’s deadliest attackers. It has been a meteoric rise for the Wales international, who began his career at left-back but has blossomed in a more attacking role.
Bale made his competitive debut for Spurs in August 2007 against Manchester United, but it wasn’t until the second half of the 2009-10 season that he started to come into his own. Bale was named Player of the Month for April 2010, scoring crucial goals against Arsenal and Chelsea as Spurs secured Champions League qualification.
And it was on the European stage that Bale really proved himself. Just ask Inter Milan full-back Maicon. The Brazilian - arguably the best right-back in the world at the time - was powerless to stop a rampant Bale scoring a hat-trick at the San Siro and putting in a man-of-the-match performance in the return game at White Hart Lane.
Bale’s excellent performances in 2010-11 saw him named PFA Player of the Year, and were enough to encourage Real Madrid to splash out a reported world record 100 million euros for his services. Bale paid this back in his first season alone, scoring the winning goals in the Copa Del Rey Final against Barcelona and the UEFA Champions League Final against Atletico Madrid.
Bale’s combination of lighting pace and incredible strength continue to terrorise La Liga defences for Los Blancos and are what make him one of the best players in the world today.
For Wales, Bale made his debut at the age of 16 in 2006 and is the shining light for a bright, young squad that has shown dramatic improvement in recent years. It is no coincidence that that improvement coincides with Bale’s emergence as one of the world’s best.
Icons first signed with Gareth Bale in January 2011, and he is now one of the brightest lights in world football. At just 25 year old, his value is sure to go up so why not buy a piece of his signed memorabilia today!