Gareth Bale has had a little bit of a Roller Coaster Career with a significant number of Ups and Downs. But the sheer talent the Welshman possesses is admirable, and it’s safe to say that Bale is now Real Madrid’s talisman.
But there isn’t much we know about the Welsh Record scorer so without further ado, here are five lesser-known facts about Gareth Bale.
1. Made his International Debut at the age of 16
— ESPN Caribbean (@ESPN_Caribbean) May 28, 2014
Gareth Bale like most typical prodigal players made a mark in his teens and made his International Debut for Wales at the age of 16 against Trinidad and Tobago. Though he started early, Bale was a player who sadly didn’t have as much clarity regarding his position, and as he entered his 20s, he failed to make an instant impact until he had his breakthrough 2012-13 Season with Tottenham Hotspur. Now Bale is a Crucial part of the Wales National Team and is also the Top Scorer for his Country.
2. The unlucky Spurs start
Since joining in 2007, Gareth Bale has started only 23 games for Spurs… and won 0. Jinx. Shame because he is brilliant.
— Alex Segal (@Alex_Segal) January 22, 2010
We won’t say the Start to his Tottenham Career was jinxed, but you can’t deny that it was the mother of all coincidences. Bale went on to make 25 appearances at the start of his Career with Spurs, and the London Club went on to lose each of those first 25 Games. Bizarre fact considering that just two years later Gareth Bale would be carrying the weight of the Team on his shoulders.
3. Alcohol and Bale just don’t Mix
Teetotaller Gareth Bale celebrates debut Real Madrid goal with prawn cocktail instead of champagne http://t.co/Zxx2yWKil2
— DNA (@dna) September 17, 2013
Something a lot of people don’t know is that Gareth Bale is a teetotaller and refrains from drinking any kind of Alcoholic beverage. He has confessed why he chooses to do so, “I just don’t like to drink, to be honest. It’s not the fact that I choose not to drink alcohol. I just don’t like the taste of it. I’ve obviously tasted it, but I just don’t like it, so it doesn’t do anything for me to be honest.” Bale’s favourite drink is a Glass of Coldwater. An ideal Sportsperson isn’t he?
4. Holds quite an impressive individual honours record in England
ON THIS DAY: In 2013, Gareth Bale was awarded the PFA Player of the Year AND Young Player of the Year. pic.twitter.com/j5VHwqO1xs
— SupportingBale (@SupportingBale) April 28, 2015
Gareth Bale holds a record that is only held by two other players, Former Real Madrid Teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Andy Gray. All three of these Players went on to win The PFA Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year award in the same year. Bale won it in 2013, Gray won it 1977, and Ronaldo won it in 2007. Not bad company to be part of eh?
5. The story behind the Heart shaped celebration
Gareth Bale's trademark heart celebration perfectly placed… pic.twitter.com/1wwHjjG8Jr
— Rhiannon Jones (@rhiannoncwjones) September 14, 2013
Every Player has his iconic Celebration and it’s a well-known fact that Gareth Bale makes a heart with his fingers to celebrate the Goals he scores. But what’s the story behind it? Bale incorporated the Celebration to dedicate his Goals to his High School sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones and like most cheesy stories in football, obviously, the Couple is engaged to be married and have a third Child on the way.