Gareth Bale is one of the best footballers in the world right now.
The Welshman is the world’s most expensive player and is showing exactly why Real Madrid forked out an incredible £85 million with his performances.
Bale is currently Euro 2016’s top goalscorer with three goals in Wales’ three group matches and is currently demonstrating his incredible ability on the international stage.
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But it hasn’t always been like this for Bale.
After signing for Tottenham from Southampton, the winger was regarded as something of an unlucky charm.
Under Harry Redknapp, Spurs went 24 matches without winning in matches that Bale had featured. Little did Tottenham fans know that the player ‘responsible’ for their winless run was about to turn into a world beater.
But Spurs’ fans weren’t on their own in thinking Bale was holding back their side. Even legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson was surprised to continue to see him in the team.
“It was not so long ago that Sir Alex Ferguson was even advising me not to play him because he was never on the winning side!” Redknapp wrote in his Telegraph column.
“Gareth had that horrendous statistic hanging round his neck of not winning a game, which went to 24 games, and Sir Alex actually said to me that he wouldn’t have played him. We were playing at Old Trafford and after the game he said “bloody hell Harry, this must be difficult for you to put him on the field'.
“Alex was big on superstitions and I’m still not sure to this day whether he was joking or not but it was clearly a huge topic. It wasn’t a nice thing for Gareth to deal with and it must have affected him. Whether he started the game or came off the bench Spurs didn’t win and it became a bit of a joke outside the club – and inside the dressing room as well.”
Finally, Bale was involved in a Spurs victory and he has hardly looked back since. He went on to score 55 times for the north London side before earning a move to the Spanish capital where he has enjoyed three successful seasons - winning two Champions League trophies in the meantime.
He’s certainly proved plenty of people wrong, including Sir Alex!