He has been a success for me. Why? - not everyone can be a Ronaldo. When he was bought the expectations were sky high. He was seen as the successor to Ronaldo. Madrid’s answer to neymar. And he also scored a lot of goals too. However a lot of people are judging him over his records but what we often forget that a player’s performance is not judged by his stats but his performance in crucial games, how the player stands the pressure when his back is against the wall. And Gareth bale always came out on the top. A goal in 2014 ucl final, 2018 ucl final bicycle kick. Who can even forget those? Gareth bale’s impact if compared with a normal player has been exceptional. You can’t expect everyone to be a Ronaldo or messi. Because if that is the case even neymar, mbappe and even Ronaldo at Juventus has been a flop.
PS. TL;DR I have been a huge fan of Gareth bale, why? I guess the year was 2010 or 2009, don’t remember the exact year. I had just started watching ucl. There was a defender, a wing back called maicon who was feared upon by the whole football fraternity. Maicon was a Brazilian who was often touted as the best defender ever, the opposition team of Tottenham, they had a young left back (yes you read it right, no need to read again) a left back, a youth product of Southampton Gareth bale. Everyone was expecting inter who was a force to be reckoned with during those times to easily walk past spurs. The show was going as per the schedule, first half inter 4- spurs 0. The then manager of spurs Harry rednkap moved Gareth bale a little further in the second half and thereafter, what we saw was unexplainable. Maicon, the best defender was mocked by our own Gareth bale, Bale dribbled past Maicon as if Maicon was a petty schoolboy. Though spurs lost it, but I fell in love with his guy, Gareth bale.
Do watch the highlights of you get the time, he was a treat to watch