Wales’ star man Gareth Bale this afternoon broke an international record, during his country’s friendly clash with China.
The two countries went head to head in the semi-final of the mini-tournament ‘the China Cup’ earlier today, with the other semi-final between Uruguay and the Czech Republic set to be played out tomorrow morning.
And Wales, who were playing their first game under new manager Ryan Giggs, made short work of their Asian opponents, netting 4 first-half goals on their way to a 6-goal victory.
The star of the show was undoubtedly Gareth Bale, who opened the scoring for the Welsh in the 3rd-minute, before adding his second 20 minutes later, and rounding out his side’s scoring just past the hour-mark.
And the Real Madrid star’s 3rd goal of the day marked a special moment in the international career of Bale, coming as his 29th-goal for his country, the most ever scored by one player for the Dragons:
All-time top Wales goalscorers 🏴
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3 – Gareth Bale’s hat-trick was his first at international level, making him the first player to bag a treble for Wales since Robert Earnshaw vs Scotland in 2004. Magician.
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‘A massive honour’
Speaking in a press conference following the clash, Bale was questioned on his achievement, with the former Tottenham man making clear his deep pride at becoming his country’s most-prolific goalscorer ever at international level:
‘It is right up there, maybe as the best.’
‘I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales. It is a massive honour.’
‘I was not thinking about it, but now it has come it’s an incredible honour and one of the best things I’ve achieved in my career.’
‘On a personal note it’s great to break the record, but I could not have done it without my team-mates.’