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The rise of Gareth Bale

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  • Early Days

    Gareth Bale's impressive performances at Southampton attracted the attention of Tottenham and Arsenal.

    Earning His Spurs

    A 17-year-old Bale chose Martin Jol's Tottenham and was unveiled alongside Younes Kaboul and Darren Bent in 2007.

    Unlucky Charm

    Things were tough for Bale at the beginning of his White Hart Lane career; it was 24 league matches before he was on the winning side for Spurs, who even considered selling him at one point.

    New Lease Of Life

    After being moved from left-back to left-wing, Bale flourished -- scoring in successive games against Arsenal and Chelsea to in 2009-10 to help Spurs qualify for the Champions League.

  • The Italian Job

    A Champions League hat-trick against Inter Milan at the San Siro in 2010 saw the world sit up and take notice of Bale's talents.

    Carrying A Nation

    Bale's rise with Tottenham coincided with a string of important performances for Wales.

    A Real Test

    Bale proved his worth with strong performances against Real Madrid during Spurs' Champions League campaign.

    Hearty Celeb

    This love heart celebration has become a trademark for Bale over the years.

  • All Hail Bale

    Bale's 2012-13 season yielded 21 goals in 34 Premier League games and included some memorable strikes, such as a memorable winner against West Ham.

    Out With A Bang

    Bale scored a cracking match-winning goal against Sunderland in what turned out to be his final Premier League outing for Tottenham.

    Clean Sweep

    Another successful season culminated in a host of accolades for Bale.