Gareth Bale's success

While we have certainly never doubted Bale's stunning ability, we have nevertheless been thoroughly surprised by just how quickly he has proven his class in La Liga with Real Madrid.

Traditionally, British players have often struggled to deal with the transition to playing abroad - particularly at an enormous club such as Real where the pressure is so, so intense.

However, Welsh winger Bale - once he recovered from a lack of pre-season with Tottenham and regained full fitness - has been simply tremendous at the Bernabeu with some truly riveting goalscoring displays.

Could he turn out to the best British footballing export of all time?

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