Bale Becomes Wales' All-Time Record Scorer
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale Becomes Wales' All-Time Record Scorer
Real Madrid's record signing Gareth Bale netted a hat-trick in Wales' 6-0 win over China on Thursday afternoon, becoming the country's all-time leading scorer in doing so as he overtook the record held by a Liverpool legend.
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The 28-year-old, who has struggled to find his scoring boots for Los Blancos this season, scored a treble in his national team's 6-0 victory over China on Thursday, which also marked former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs' managerial debut with the side.
Bale struck his team's opener and second goal before Sam Vokes and Harry Wilson made it 4-0 before half-time. Vokes scored soon after the break to complete his brace, before Bale completed his hat-trick in the 62nd minute.
In so doing, Bale scored his 27th, 28th and 29th goals for Wales, becoming his country's all-time record scorer after beating Ian Rush's return of 28 strikes. Bale needed 69 caps to break Rush’s record, while the Liverpool legend scored his 28 goals in 73 appearances for the Dragons.
"It is a massive honour and achievement for me," the Los Blancos superstar told BBC Sport Wales after the game.
"I suppose, when I was a little boy, I never dreamed of being a record breaker for Wales. But now it has come it's an incredible honour, and one of the best things I've achieved in my career."
At club level, the Welshman has scored 12 goals and assisted another seven strikes in 29 appearances for Real so far this season.
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