Gareth Bale is the kind of player every club would love to sign.
The 23-year-old set the Premier League alight this season and his performances for Tottenham Hotspur saw him win the PFA Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards.
His scintillating displays for the White Hart Lane side are equally loved and lamented by the club’s supporters—loved for his skill and the impact he’s had on the team and lamented because Bale is now on the wishlist of every big club in Europe.
But how did Gareth Bale become such a hot commodity and when did Real Madrid start their pursuit of Tottenham’s No. 11?
Here, we look back at Gareth Bale’s ascent at White Hart Lane and chart the evolution of transfer speculation linking him to Real Madrid.