A full six months before the hat-trick away to Inter Milan brought him international attention, the young Welshman scored vital goals in back-to-back 2-1 wins against Arsenal and Chelsea in April 2010, which greatly helped Spurs qualify for the Champions League in the first place.
Since then, Bale has gone from teenage prospect to one of the world's most coveted players via winning the PFA Player of the Year award in 2011.
Given such status, it is no surprise that talk about him leaving White Hart Lane after five years is constant, with a whole host of clubs at home and abroad reportedly keen on signing the 22-year-old for huge sums of money.
As Spurs face what looks likely to be a crucial summer, manager Harry Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy have to decide whether it would be better for the club to keep one of their prize assets or to cash in on him.
Here are some pros and cons they will have to weigh up when making their decision.