Aaron Ramsey & Gareth Bale: Forever missing out?

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Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick on Saturday night for Real Madrid and the new Arsenal sensation, Aaron Ramsey netted twice against the club that gave him the chance to bring his brilliance to football, Cardiff City. 

Both these men are Welsh and are both already experienced Wales internationals. Bale has 43 caps including 11 goals, and Ramsey with eight goals from 30 caps. However, being a Wales international can be difficult given that they have only managed to make it through to one World Cup and one European Championship. 

Gareth Bale became the most expensive player in the world this summer due to his €100 million move to Real Madrid from Tottenham. Bale has scored nine goals in 13 games since his move which has helped with the nerves of becoming a Real Madrid player and he has proved in some instances that the money was worth spending, but it is still early days. 

Aaron Ramsey on the other hand, has taken his time to flower into a proper Arsenal player after some pretty lacklustre performances over his previous seasons with the club. Ramsey has scored 13 in 22 this season which has meant that he equalled his all time goal scoring tally in just 22 games. Ramsey would be voted the PFA Player of the Year without a doubt if the award was tomorrow. 

It is unfortunate that Bale and Ramsey are Welsh because being a Wales international can really hold you back from performing the full monty in the game of football - i.e. Wayne Rooney has been seen at all of the stages of football; Premier League, European and international tournament.

Bale and Ramsey have two out of three (and Bale was struggling to even get two last season). Wales last qualified for a tournament in 1976 for the European Championships where they managed to get to the quarter-finals. They have appeared in one World Cup back all the way in 1958 in Sweden where they also managed to reach the quarter-finals. 

Ever since Wales have disappointed apart from in 2004 where they got to the play-offs of the Euros qualifying, but were knocked out by Russia. 

During the specualtion and then after the move from London to Madrid, Bale was talked about a lot as probably going to be the best, most successful footballer that would never go to a World Cup or possibly even a Euros. Now this could happen to Ramsey too. 

Wales are a good enough side to qualify when you see that Republic of Ireland went to the last Euros and now Scotland are becoming a more and more accomplished side under Gordan Strachan. 

Ramsey and Bale never featuring on the major international stage, could be the most unlucky thing to happen. Ramsey and Bale could become the two greatest players to never feature in an international tournament.

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