Gareth Bale's most iconic moments: Overhead kicks and taxi for Maicon

Gareth Bale has had an eventful career to say the least, but it certainly has not been short on iconic moments.

Summary of Gareth Bale's career

Gareth Bale has enjoyed a remarkable professional career which has spanned over 14 years. He has enjoyed successful spells at Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at domestic level, as well as proving pivotal to Wales in the international arena.

Bale has had his fair share of ups and downs in recent times but there is no doubt that Bale has given fans unforgettable moments. 

To celebrate, Planet Sport has decided to look into the Welshman's finest moments of a glittering career.

Debut for Southampton aged 16

After Theo Walcott, Bale became Southampton's second youngest ever player (16 years and 275 days) as he made his senior debut in April 2006. Just 40 days later, he made his full debut for Wales in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.

Bale enjoyed a full season playing in the Championship in 2006/07 before joining Tottenham Hotspur in May 2007 for a deal worth more than $13 million with add-ons.

Tormenting Maicon and Inter Milan in the Champions League

Under Harry Redknapp, Tottenham qualified for the 2010/11 Champions League in dramatic fashion and it proved to be the season Bale announced himself onto the world scene.

Spurs provided an enjoyable campaign, reaching the quarter-finals of the competition before being knocked out by Real Madrid. Bale is remembered for his electric performance in the defeat to Inter Milan at the San Siro. 

Despite a 4-3 loss, Bale put in one of his career-best performances on the left wing and bagged a hat-trick. 'Taxi for Maicon' is something which lives in the memory of Spurs fans.

Winning Player of the Year awards in 2012/13

Bale had already won the PFA Players' Player of the Year once before in 2010/11, but his game stepped up to a whole new stratosphere in 2012/13.

In a superb season, the forward bagged 26 goals and 15 assists for Tottenham in all competitions.

His fine form was rewarded by scooping PFA Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards. Soon after, he was named that season's FWA Footballer of the Year.

In doing so, he became only the second player, after Cristiano Ronaldo, to win all three of these awards in one season.

World's most expensive player at £85m

After his performances in 2012/13, it was only a matter of time before he made the move to one of Europe's elite clubs.

In September 2013, it was announced that Spanish giants Real Madrid had signed Bale for a record-breaking $115m.

The forward signed a six-year deal for Los Blancos. This deal became a world record transfer, which beat the fee Madrid paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo ($107m) in 2009.

Copa del Rey Final solo goal vs Barcelona

Bale enjoyed a highly successful first season in Madrid. The Welshman netted 22 goals and 19 assists in all competitions during his debut year in all competitions.

Los Blancos finished third in La Liga but had success domestically and in Europe. Bale scored in extra-time in the Champions League Final as Madrid beat bitter rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1.

Despite delivering Madrid their first European trophy in over a decade, his performance in the final was possibly overshadowed by a spectacular solo effort against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

With the game hanging in the balance at 1-1 going into the final stages at the Mestalla, Bale sprinted with the ball from the half-way line and completed his stunning effort by placing the ball past José Manuel Pinto to win the trophy.

Euro 2016 with Wales

Wales finished second in their Euro 2016 qualifying group behind Belgium to earn themselves a place at the finals of a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup.

Bale had a major impact in the group phase of the knockout tournament, scoring in all three games including a free-kick in their 2-1 defeat to England.

Wales beat Slovakia and Russia to earn a place in the knockout rounds. Their remarkable Euro 2016 story continued with victories over Northern Ireland and Belgium to set-up a semi-final tie against Portugal, in which Wales were eliminated after a 1-0 defeat.

Wales. Golf. Madrid

Bale has made it no secret that is a big fan of golf. He plays a lot in his downtime, and people have suggested that he plays it too often, just ask the Madrid fans.

With Bale out of favour in the Spanish capital under Zinedine Zidane during his second reign as coach, the forward prioritised his efforts on ensuring Wales qualified for Euro 2020 - now Euro 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ryan Giggs' side would defeat Hungary to guarantee qualification. The celebrations caused quite the reaction across Europe as Bale and his teammates danced around with a Wales flag which had the words 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order".

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Sensational Champions League Final overhead kick

Bale's finest moment of his career came in the 2017/18 Champions League Final against Liverpool.

The Welshman was a sub in the game but got brought on with 30 minutes of the game remaining at 1-1.

The attacker immediately made an impact as he produced an outrageous overhead kick that flew into the goal past Loris Karius.

Bale scored again to win his third Champions League title at Madrid but his first goal is considered as one of the greatest goals in Champions League

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