Everyone seems to be talking about the speedy Welshman nowadays, as his performances have set the English Premier League alight almost on a weekly basis. Love him or hate him, his ability and apt for the beautiful game is undeniable.
What many don’t know is that the 23-year old proved to be somewhat of an initial drag for Tottenham as his first 24 appearances for the London side went without a single victory.
AVB has undoubtedly brought out the best in the left-footed magician and it is no surprise that clubs like Real Madrid are hot on his heels hoping to acquire his prestigious signature. He is now drawing comparisons to Portuguese world-beater Cristiano Ronaldo, and rightly so.
Before Moussa Dembele’s late wonder-strike against Lyon mid-week, Bale has scored Tottenham’s last 6 goals, which led many to believe that Spurs were most certainly a ‘one-man’ team.
But he is not at the same level as his Portuguese compatriot as of yet, although Bale is not too far off. His 17 goals thus far this season are testament to his stellar performances and his unflappable consistency, which has eluded him at times throughout his short yet illustrious career.
A strong candidate for Barclays Premier League Player Of The Season and a shoe-in for Team Of The Season, the future holds a lot for Tottenham’s pace-merchant.
Down the years, Bale has scored his fair share of belters. His left foot is probably the most powerful on the planet as of now, and his free-kicks are also on par, if not better than Cristiano Ronaldo’s.
Take a look at what I feel are Gareth Bale’s top 5 goals throughout his career, and vote for what you think is the cream of the crop. Apologies if I miss out on one or two, so leave your thoughts or personal favourites in the comments section below.
1. Gareth Bale vs Stoke (2010-2011)
My personal favourite from the flying Welshman. A lofted ball in from Lennon ends up around head height for the left-winger, but the height is not a problem for Bale. The execution and technique used to dispatch this volley into the top right corner is awe-inspiring, and jaw-dropping is an understatement. Struck so clean that the ball is always rising. How he even managed to get his foot around that ball is beyond me. Majestic from the left-back-come-winger.
2. Gareth Bale vs Lyon (2012-2013)
Gareth Bale’s free-kicks have been marveled over countless times by various pundits and fans this season. His first attempt vs Lyon in the Europa league was one of his more exceptional efforts, and that’s an understatement. The manner in which the ball got over the wall and dipped so quickly was enough to make even Ronaldo googly-eyed at this insane finish from the Premier League’s best left-sided player. Take a bow son.
3. Gareth Bale vs Norwich (2012-2013)
This goal shows everything that Gareth Bale has to offer in his huge armoury. A considerable amount of pace, a controlled first touch, immense strength and an ice-cool finish all feature in this epic solo effort from the former Southampton man. His first and second touch are what make this goal, without these two perfectly measure pieces of skill the ball would not have ended up in the back of the Canaries’ net.
4. Gareth Bale vs Inter Milan (2010-2011)
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How could one of his memorable hat-trick goals not feature in this compilation? A virtuoso performance from the attacker earned him well-deserved plaudits from all corners of the globe, and his immeasurable talent was finally realised on this fateful night at the San Siro. The night that made him the player he is today. The night that he personally tore the world’s best right-back Maicon to shreds all of his own accord. His first goal was what opened the floodgates for Tottenham to push on and help him score two more, and this is why it is his best. Another masterful solo run resulting in a thunderous strike past Julio Cesar, who is merely a passenger in this second-half trio of goals courtesy of Tottenham’s Welsh Maestro.
5. Gareth Bale vs West Brom
Maybe not his best goal, but a cracking strike nonetheless. With Jermaine Defoe and Adebayor failing to net consistently enough for the London side, Gareth Bale has taken up a large portion of the goal-scoring mantle for most of this season. This powerful effort helped Spurs claim a well-deserved 3 points against the Baggies, and this goal is certainly one to remember for Bale.