Far removed from the attack-minded full-back who was tarred with the unwanted statistic of not being involved in a winning Spurs side for his first 25 games, Bale has been developed into one of the most feared left-wingers around.
More recently, he has also shown his capabilities and threat in the final third in a roving, if a little undisciplined, central attacking role for his club.
Wales, his home nation, have also been beneficiaries of Bale’s wonderful technical ability, high confidence levels and remarkable consistency as he has scored a further four goals this season for them.
Here’s a complete rundown of every strike the Spurs No. 11 has hit during the 2012-13 season so far.
Stats via Transfermarkt.