Gareth Bale has been embarrassing defenders on the pitch for many years now.
The Real Madrid superstar has established himself as one of the best forwards in world football and he must be a nightmare to play against.
But it seems that Bale doesn’t have to be playing football to embarrass defenders (or in this case, former defenders.)
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Rio Ferdinand may have retired in the summer of 2015 but he still isn’t safe from being made to look very silly by the former Tottenham player.
During a Q&A interview for Ferdinand’s very own FIVE Magazine, the Manchester United legend asked the innocuous question: “What’s the favourite goal you’ve ever scored?”
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What could possibly go wrong?
Bale has scored plenty of spectacular goals in the past but the Welshman decided he would troll Ferdinand with his answer.
“I remember running past you once,” Bale cheekily said.
Ferdinand, obviously still scarred from the incident, said “Ah, leave it out! I can’t believe you’ve even gone there. Seriously, I didn’t sleep for about two weeks.
“And all I kept saying was ‘I wish I played against him when I was 25, when I could move.”
Cue plenty of banter between the two players. Take a look at funny exchange here: (it occurs after about 40 seconds.)
Of course, Bale is talking about his goal against United at Old Trafford back in September 2012.
Bale picked the ball up 40-yards out and surged past Ferdinand before finishing with his right foot. If you can’t remember the strike, take a look at the video below:
Since that goal, Bale hasn’t looked back. He left Spurs at the end of that season and has established himself as a regular at Real Madrid during the previous three campaigns.
And the Daily Mail are reporting that the 26-year-old will be offered a ‘contract for life’ when he returns to Spain after the European Championships.
But before signing a new deal, Bale will be hoping to embarrass a few more defenders in the coming weeks. He has so far scored three goals in three matches for Wales at this summer’s Euro 2016 to help them finish top of Group B ahead of England.
Bale and his teammates know that they will now face a team that finished third in their group as they aim to progress deep into the competition.