Gareth Bale can look back on some amazing goals after announcing his retirement from football.
Bale scored a record 41 goals for the Wales men’s team and 106 in his trophy-rich career with Real Madrid.
Here, PA news agency picks Bale’s six best efforts.
Inter Milan 4 Tottenham 3, October 2010
The hat-trick at the San Siro was the then 21-year-old’s breakthrough performance for the world. Spurs were trailing 4-0 at half-time and goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was already sent off, but Bale’s star player showed up in the second half, meaning European champions Inter were on their toes last. His opener gave a glimpse of Bale at his absolute best as he raced for 50 yards, dodging several challenges along the way before hitting past Julio Cesar.
Wales 2 Scotland 1 October 2012
In the last 10 minutes, Wales were losing 1-0 in the Battle of Britain World Cup qualifiers. But then Bale grabbed the game by the neck, winning and converting a penalty in the 80th minute before stunning the Scots in the last minute. Bale hit the Scotland defense and went past Charlie Adam before heading 25 yards at an angle into the top corner of Allan McGregor’s net.
Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 1, April 2014
Bale scored an incredible solo goal five minutes before the 2014 Copa del Rey Final. Bale edged past Barcelona defender Marc Bartra from the midline, running off the pitch at one point. “I had to go around the player and get off the pitch to do that,” Bale simply stated after the game. Overtaking Bartra, he then scored from a tight angle – his 20th goal in his first season in Spain and his maiden goal in a Clasico game.
Real Madrid 4 Atletico Madrid May 1, 2014
Bale paid off a huge chunk of his world record £85.3m transfer fee in the 2014 Champions League final against Real’s neighbors Atlético. After extra time, Bale found a place at the second post after 110 minutes and scored with a header after Angel Di Maria’s blocked shot hung in the air. The goal made Bale the first Welshman to score in a European Cup or Champions League final.
Real Madrid 3 Liverpool 1, May 2018
Bale scored twice in the 2018 Champions League final to secure Real’s 13th tournament triumph. His first will be remembered for as long as the competition will be played, a stunning overhead kick from the edge of the 18-yard box. This gave Real a 2-1 lead and Liverpool’s fate was sealed when his speculative long-range shot beat Loris Karius into the Reds’ goal. Bale became the first substitute to score twice in a Champions League final and was named man of the match.
Wales 2 Austria 1 March 2022
Bale sent Wales to the 2022 World Cup play-off final with a brilliant double in a 2-1 win over Austria. First, he sent a majestic 25-yard free-kick just under the Austrian crossbar to give Wales the lead. Bale struck again, grabbing a loose ball and scoring beautifully on the turn, allowing Wales to advance to the play-off final against Ukraine, which they would win 1–0. Bale was eventually credited for this goal, after initially being credited for an Andriy Yarmolenko own goal.