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Gareth Bale, the boy: 10 photos of the young Welshman pre-Madrid

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale , born 16 July 1989 in Cardiff, Wales. He showed a keen interest in various sports from a young age.

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Football was a passion early on and would eventually come to define him as a sportsman.

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The talented left-footer grew in stature.

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Bale's early development came at Southampton, in the youth ranks before progressing to the first team.

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Gareth Bale in the Saints' shirt.

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Gareth Bale y Sir Alex Ferguson

Bale the boy met up with Sir Alex Ferguson

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An early show of affection to his future club, Real Madrid.

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Bale also played rugby...he was Welsh afterall.

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Hockey and atletics also formed part of his sporting youth.

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Bale even enjoyed a bit of basketball and is seen here in the colours of Miami Heat.

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