Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale scores 100th goal for Madrid. Real Madrid got an instant return on Gareth Bale when they signed him from Tottenham Hotspur

Gareth Bale scores 100th goal for Madrid

  • Gareth Bale scores 100th goal for Madrid

Gareth Bale scores 100th goal for Madrid. Real Madrid got an instant return on Gareth Bale when they signed him from Tottenham Hotspur for a then world-record fee of £85.3m in 2013. The 24-year-old Wales forward made an immediate impact on his debut on 14 September 2013, scoring at Estadio de la Ceramica alongside Cristiano Ronaldo as Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw at Villarreal. Scroll forward six seasons and 1,974 days and Bale, now 29, claimed his 100th goal for Los Blancos, scoring Real Madrid’s third in a 3-1 win over city-rivals Atletico. Bale’s century of goals for the Spanish giants includes three in Champions League finals – including two in last season’s 3-1 win over Liverpool – and a stunning individual effort that clinched the 2014 Copa del Rey against arch-rivals Barcelona. Since his arrival, Real Madrid have won that Copa del Rey, the Champions League four times, La Liga once, one Spanish Supercup, three Uefa Super Cups and four Fifa Club World Cups.

  • No other British export has won more major titles or scored more top-flight goals abroad than Wales’ record scorer.

No other British export has won more major titles or scored more top-flight goals abroad than Wales’ record scorer. Players of the calibre of Owen Hargreaves, Gary Lineker, John Collins, Graeme Souness, David Platt, Trevor Francis, Laurie Cunningham and Glenn Hoddle played abroad, with varying levels of success. But here are six other players whose achievements alongside Bale’s form a distinguished list to have made an indelible mark on the European clubs they joined, with honours that include Champions League triumphs, domestic titles and individual awards.

  • Wales icon Charles, who died in 2004, was voted the best foreign player to play for Juventus

Wales icon Charles, who died in 2004, was voted the best foreign player to play for Juventus in their centenary year in 1997 – ahead of the likes of Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane. He was the first British player to move abroad and arrived in Turin in 1957 for a then British record transfer fee of £65,000 from Leeds United. Charles was another to hit the ground running, scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 victory against Hellas Verona on his debut. He ended his first season with 28 goals as Juventus won the league and was named Italian player of the year. Swansea-born Charles could play both up front and in defence and was affectionately known as ‘Il Buon Gigante’, the gentle giant, as incredibly he was never booked during his career. He went on to win two more Scudetti and the Coppa Italia twice during his stay at Juve. Charles also had a brief spell at Roma later in his career.