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    Luckydestiny
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      https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/12783201/gareth-bale-former-wales-tottenham-and-real-madrid-forward-retires-from-football-aged-33

      Let’s face it, physically he has declined sharply over last 4 years and he has received a lot of criticism for failing to be the player he was.

      Now he is retired we can just remember how good he was, in his prime almost unplayable.

      Was a revelation at spurs, fantastic at real for a good few years winning everything, and most importantly as a Welshman myself he was the leader in the greatest team we ever had. Will never forget euro 2016 and our run to semi finals.

      Arguably Wales greatest player.

      Retires a legend in my eyes despite his rapid decline at end of career and retiring earlier than he would have hoped.

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      #202631
      Luckydestiny
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        He was rapid in his prime, even ronaldo couldn’t believe this one!

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        #202632
        Luckydestiny
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          #202634
          Luckydestiny
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            #202636
            Nike19
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              Lucky Good Opening Post mate, summed up perfectly. I’ve always been a Bale fan. I always felt for somebody of his talent, he could have gone on to achieve more and more. Top Top Pro. I actually wish he came back in England.

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              #202639
              steveosnakeeye
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                Overrated and now he can play golf… much like most of his Madrid career come think of it πŸ€”πŸ˜

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                #202640
                nine nine nine
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                  In his pomp he was a truly great player he’s had an amazingly successful career sadly though he’s a shadow of the player he was right decision imo.

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                  #202641
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                    Agreed Steve! Good player but overrated. Full of pace and power and had some great YouTube moments but wasn’t particularly skillful. Was way too happy picking up his payslip for his last few years at Madrid to care about actually playing football. The last few years he seemed to only care about playing for Wales and playing Golf.

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                    #202642
                    Luckydestiny
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                      While he did score some technically wonderful goals it was his sheer pace that made him a top player, as soon as it went he wasn’t anywhere near the same.

                      In his prime though any team would have greatly benefited from him.

                      Most players would give away their kidneys for half of what bale has achieved and he basically retired 4 years ago!

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                      #202643
                      CM
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                        Just been watching Sky Sports News and Dawson said he was on par with Messi and Ronaldo during his prime. Quality player……but nowhere near their level.

                        Greatest British player of all time will be debatable…….Rooney was better than him in his prime imo, along with Charlton, Gerrard and Gazza.

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                        #202645
                        Luckydestiny
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                          Ed, if he was English he would be even more over rated 🀣

                          More goals for real than original ronaldo

                          More assists for real than Beckham

                          13 trophies in 7 years…4 of which champions league…scoring crucial goals in 2 of the finals

                          Scored or assisted in nine different finals

                          Hit double figures for goals in four La Liga seasons

                          Led Bloody Wales to euro semi finals and even on his last legs got Wales to first World Cup in 60 years!

                          Only top players could possibly achieve all that of that

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                          #202647
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                            More goals for real than original ronaldo

                            More assists for real than Beckham

                            Bit misleading these Lucky.

                            Yes, he got 3 more goals for Real than R9, but it took him an extra 71 games to get those 3 more goals.

                            Yes, he got 15 more assists (67 vs 52) for Real than Beckham but, again, it took him an extra 99 games to get those extra 15 assists.

                            You can’t knock his achievements at all. Won the lot. Just think his attitude stank in his latter Madrid years. Pulling faces on the bench, falling asleep on the bench etc. Also think his game was very limited. He was blessed with pace but it’s clear there was very little to his game beyond that once his pace went.

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                            #202648
                            sean the sailor
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                              I would have had bale in the top 3/5 players in the world at his peak. Id have him up there behind messi and ronaldo but she’d of neymar.

                              Bullet of a player. Unstoppable on his day

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                              #202649
                              Luckydestiny
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                                They were not meant to be misleading at all ed, if the intent was to suggest he is a better crosser of ball than Beckham or a better striker than ronaldo they would be, we all know better than that though. If you would listen to people like stevo it’s like he did nothing at real and that’s why these stats are relevant.

                                “He was blessed with pace but it’s clear there was very little to his game beyond that once his pace went.” He could strike a ball too ed, what you call simply “you tube moments” are actually world class goals scored at very highest level and utd would have been blessed to have had him in his peak imo.

                                I do get the bias towards God given technical ability over God given physical ability in football though and in theory the best players shouldn’t need pace…but players are the aggregate of their technical and physical attributes and bale’s overall was head and shoulders above pretty much any other winger in the world when he was in his prime.

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                                #202651
                                Luckydestiny
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                                  And if all it takes is pace, why the hell is adama traore not winning champs leagues? πŸ˜‚

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                                  #202652
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                                    Put him in that Madrid team and he would have! 😁

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                                    #202653
                                    Luckydestiny
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                                      Ed, now you are just playing silly buggers πŸ˜†

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                                      #202654
                                      Chucky McChuckface
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                                        All I’m going to say is that during those 18 months or so before he buggered off to Spain, he was absolute musturd… and if he was playing for a more fashionable club he would have won Balloon Doors.

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                                        #202661
                                        nine nine nine
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                                          Hell of an overhead kick to score against Liverpool in the CL Final.

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                                          #202662
                                          threeps
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                                            Extremely talented and more than just pace. Won a lot but I feel will never be spoken about as one of the greats. He had the talent to be just not the mindset. Very far from being a top, top pro.

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