Scouting Guide: Bale's greatest assets are physical, possessing both a devastating turn of pace and acceleration as well as the engine to keep that explosive style up for 90 minutes. Originally a left-back before he was pushed upfield at Spurs, he marks tightly on the left but excels with the ball at his feet from either open play or dead ball situations.
Where Next? Six sterling years of service have turned Bale, still only in his early 20s, into one of football's hottest properties. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have been linked with the Spurs superstar in 2013.
According to Marca, Madrid have made the winger one of their top priorities for the coming transfer window, as they look to improve a team that missed out on glory both in La Liga and the Champions League during the current season. A recent poll by AS, meanwhile, stated that 93 percent of Barca fans would rather see Bale signed than Brazil star Neymar.
Their approaches may be in vain, however. According to The Express, Bale has been offered a mammoth £170,000 a week to extend his current deal for a year and pledge his future to Tottenham.