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

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Gareth Bale

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

Gareth Bale

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

Gareth Bale

The talented left-footer grew in stature.

Gareth Bale

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

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale in the Saints' shirt.

Gareth Bale y Sir Alex Ferguson

Bale the boy met up with Sir Alex Ferguson

Gareth Bale

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

Gareth Bale

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

Gareth Bale

Hockey and atletics also formed part of his sporting youth.

Gareth Bale

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