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Gareth Bale

Position:
Midfielder
Height:
5'10" (1.80m)
Weight:
162 lbs (73.4 kg)
age:
26
DOB:
July 16, 1989
POB:
Wales

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Bale made his professional debut for Southampton at the tender age of 16 years and 275 days in 2006 and went on to become the world's most expensive player when Real Madrid paid over €100 million to take him from Tottenham in 2013.

After coming through the ranks at Southampton, the Welshman was snapped up for an appearance-related fee of £10 million by Tottenham in May 2007, having just become Wales' youngest ever international against Trinidad and Tobago at just 16 years and 315 days to break Lewin Nyatanga's three-month old record.

The promising left-back enjoyed a superb start to his Spurs career with goals against Fulham, Arsenal and Middlesbrough, but he was unable to get a win while on the pitch and went 24 games for Spurs without a victory. An injured foot ruined his debut campaign and limited him to just 12 appearances in the 2007-08 season.

Injury struck again in 2009 when he required knee surgery but Bale returned to the side in September in an attacking role on the left wing to become a key figure as Tottenham qualified for the Champions League for the first time. He also broke his duck when he came on against Burnley, and picked up his first win as a starter against Fulham shortly afterwards.

In 2010-11, Bale made the breakthrough and was named the PFA Player of the Year by his peers. He continued to shine and signed a new four-year contract in June 2012 before bagging 26 goals in 44 games during what would be his final season at Spurs and also won a host of awards: PFA Players' Player of the Year; PFA Young Player of the Year; FWA Footballer of the Year.

Real Madrid came calling and turned Bale into the world's most expensive player, after a fee of £85.3 million was agreed. The winger immediately took to life in Spain and scored 22 goals in 44 games for the club, helping them to lift the Champions League (La Decima) and Copa del Rey with vital goals.

The FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup followed in 2014 but, despite continuing to find the net on a regular basis, Bale was made a scapegoat for the club's failure to win any silverware in 2014-15 and was booed by some sections of his own fans.

Strengths: Excellent going forward, with a goal-scoring touch. He can deliver a great cross on the run and he is also a free-kick specialist.

Weaknesses: He struggled with defending in the early years and has issues when his confidence has been knocked.

Career high: He scored key goals as Real Madrid won both the Champions League and Copa del Rey titles in his first season.

Career low: He went 24 games for Spurs without a victory, but he has also been booed at the Bernabeu which isn't good.

Style: Quick, agile, tricky, a winger with an eye for goal and a powerful shot.

Quotes: "He's an amazing, amazing talent and he's after the Ronaldos and Messis of this world and he's getting better and better. He's almost unplayable when he's on his game. He is a genuine world-class player. There's nobody he couldn't play for. He'd improve any team" -- Harry Redknapp.

Trivia: Bale has trademarked his "heart" goal celebration and use his logo on "clothing, footwear and headgear."

Career

Team Comp GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Real Madrid La Liga 24 3 15 12 88 30 20 20 3 0
Real Madrid UCL 8 4 6 4 32 13 4 13 0 0
Real Madrid Esp Cup 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Wales Int 3 0 2 2 15 7 0 7 0 0
Wales WCQ 1 1 0 0 5 3 2 3 0 0
Season Totals   40 9 24 18 141 54 26 43 3 0

Appearances

Team Oppo Date Comp Res Appear g a sh sg fc fs yc rc
Real Madrid H - Atletico May 24, 2014 UCL W 4-1 Started 1 0 4 1 3 3 0 0
Real Madrid H - Espanyol May 17, 2014 La Liga W 3-1 Started 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid A - Celta Vigo May 11, 2014 La Liga L 2-0 Unused Substitute
Real Madrid H - Valencia May 4, 2014 La Liga D 2-2 Started 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 0
Real Madrid A - Bayern Apr 29, 2014 UCL W 0-4 Started 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - Bayern Apr 23, 2014 UCL W 1-0 Sub-On 72 min 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - Barcelona Apr 16, 2014 Esp Cup W 2-1 Started 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Almeria Apr 12, 2014 La Liga W 4-0 Sub-Off 69 min 1 0 7 3 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid A - Dortmund Apr 8, 2014 UCL W 2-0 Started 0 0 4 3 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid A - R Sociedad Apr 5, 2014 La Liga W 0-4 Sub-Off 85 min 1 0 5 1 1 3 0 0
Real Madrid H - Dortmund Apr 2, 2014 UCL W 3-0 Started 1 0 5 3 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - Rayo Mar 29, 2014 La Liga W 5-0 Started 2 1 4 2 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid A - Sevilla Mar 26, 2014 La Liga L 2-1 Started 0 0 6 1 2 0 1 0
Real Madrid H - Barcelona Mar 23, 2014 La Liga L 3-4 Started 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Schalke Mar 18, 2014 UCL W 3-1 Sub-On 7 min 0 2 3 0 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - Malaga Mar 15, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Started 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - Levante Mar 9, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
Wales H - Iceland Mar 5, 2014 Int W 3-1 Sub-Off 71 min 1 1 6 4 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - Atletico Mar 2, 2014 La Liga D 2-2 Started 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid A - Schalke Feb 26, 2014 UCL W 1-6 Sub-Off 79 min 2 1 4 2 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Elche Feb 22, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Started 1 0 5 1 0 3 0 0
Real Madrid A - Getafe Feb 16, 2014 La Liga W 0-3 Started 0 1 3 1 1 0 1 0
Real Madrid A - Atletico Feb 11, 2014 Esp Cup W 0-2 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Villarreal Feb 8, 2014 La Liga W 4-2 Started 1 1 4 2 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - Granada Jan 25, 2014 La Liga W 2-0 Sub-Off 45 min 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - Espanyol Jan 21, 2014 Esp Cup W 0-1 Sub-Off 90 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid A - Betis Jan 18, 2014 La Liga W 0-5 Started 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0
Real Madrid A - Osasuna Jan 15, 2014 Esp Cup W 0-2 Sub-On 62 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid A - Espanyol Jan 12, 2014 La Liga W 0-1 Sub-Off 75 min 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Osasuna Jan 9, 2014 Esp Cup W 2-0 Started 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Celta Vigo Jan 6, 2014 La Liga W 3-0 Sub-On 64 min 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0
Real Madrid A - Osasuna Dec 14, 2013 La Liga D 2-2 Sub-Off 54 min 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0
Real Madrid A - Copenhagen Dec 10, 2013 UCL W 0-2 Started 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Valladolid Nov 30, 2013 La Liga W 4-0 Started 3 1 7 4 1 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Galatasaray Nov 27, 2013 UCL W 4-1 Started 1 0 3 1 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - Almeria Nov 23, 2013 La Liga W 0-5 Started 1 0 10 3 0 0 0 0
Wales H - Finland Nov 16, 2013 Int D 1-1 Started 0 0 5 2 0 3 0 0
Real Madrid H - R Sociedad Nov 9, 2013 La Liga W 5-1 Started 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0
Real Madrid A - Juventus Nov 5, 2013 UCL D 2-2 Sub-Off 74 min 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid A - Rayo Nov 2, 2013 La Liga W 2-3 Started 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Sevilla Oct 30, 2013 La Liga W 7-3 Started 2 2 4 3 3 0 0 0
Real Madrid A - Barcelona Oct 26, 2013 La Liga L 2-1 Sub-Off 60 min 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0
Real Madrid H - Juventus Oct 23, 2013 UCL W 2-1 Sub-On 66 min 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Madrid H - Malaga Oct 19, 2013 La Liga W 2-0 Sub-On 75 min 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid H - Atletico Sep 28, 2013 La Liga L 0-1 Sub-On 45 min 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 0
Real Madrid H - Getafe Sep 22, 2013 La Liga W 4-1 Unused Substitute
Real Madrid A - Galatasaray Sep 17, 2013 UCL W 1-6 Sub-On 63 min 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0
Real Madrid A - Villarreal Sep 14, 2013 La Liga D 2-2 Sub-Off 61 min 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
Wales H - Serbia Sep 10, 2013 WCQ L 0-3 Sub-On 58 min 0 0 3 2 2 1 0 0
Wales A - Macedonia Sep 6, 2013 WCQ L 2-1 Unused Substitute
Wales A - Scotland Mar 22, 2013 WCQ W 1-2 Started 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0
Wales H - Austria Feb 6, 2013 Int W 2-1 Sub-Off 59 min 1 1 4 1 0 2 0 0
  • A: GoalAssists
  • Appear: Appearance
  • Comp: Competition
  • FC: Fouls Committed
  • FS: Fouls Suffered
  • G: TotalGoals
  • Oppo: Opponent
  • RC: Red Cards
  • Res: Result
  • SG: Shots On Target
  • SH: Total Shots
  • YC: Yellow Cards