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Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh footballer who plays for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Wales national team as a winger.
Bale began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left back, earning acclaim as a free kick specialist. Since transferring to Spurs in 2007, managerial and tactical shifts have seen him transform into a more offensively-oriented player. Recently, Bale has played an integral role in Tottenham's success domestically and in the Champions League.
Tottenham Hotspur 2011-12
He scored his first goal of the season on 24 September 2011, in an away game against Wigan Athletic. The game ended in a 2-1 victory for Tottenham. He added his second and third goals of the season on 30 October with two goals against Queens Park Rangers in a 3-1 home win. He continued his good form with the first goal in a 3-1 victory over Fulham the following week, whilst also setting up Aaron Lennon who made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time. The first goal against Fulham was later ruled by the "dubious goals committee" to be an own goal by Chris Baird.
On 3 December, Bale scored the first goal in Tottenham's 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers. He marked the goal with a tribute to Gary Speed by holding up his left boot, with "R.I.P Gary Speed" stitched on it, in front of the Bolton fans. On 27 December, Bale scored twice to give Tottenham a 2-0 win against Norwich City. On 5 January 2012, Bale was announced as one of the players voted into the UEFA Team of the Year 2011. He scored his third brace of the season as he scored twice against Wigan on 31 January to take his tally to ten goals for the season. In January 2012 he was announced as the January Premier League Player of the Month for the second time in his career, after three goals and two assists in the Premier League for the month. He was named the Premier League’s player of the year and young player of the year after scoring 26 goals in 44 official games over the 2012/13 season.
In September 2013 after a drawn out period of transfer speculation, Bale signed for Real Madrid for £86 million making the world's most expensive player