Bale's World Cup Dream
Words by Darren Cross
Gareth Bale has just had the most incredible year of his life.
Since joining one of the world’s biggest clubs in a massive move last summer, Bale has taken his game to another level. After scoring on his Real Madrid debut back in September, the unstoppable Wales forward quickly became a fans favourite among a squad of superstars by bagging crucial and often spectacular goals as his club battled for La Liga and Champions League titles. And let’s not forget his breathtaking winner in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, which he describes as one of his best individual moments so far.
So it must feel pretty amazing to be Gareth Bale right now. Life is perfect.
A place at this summer’s World Cup finals would have been the ultimate way to end a spectacular season, but Wales finished fifth in a tough qualifying group that included Scotland, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and an electrifying Belgium side that topped the table without losing a single match.
“Any footballer would love to play at the World Cup finals and obviously that’s not going to happen for me this summer, which is a little bit disappointing,” said the 24-year-old who has 44 Wales caps. “But it’s something our country will work for in the future and hopefully we’ll qualify for a major tournament soon.”
Sitting in front of Bale as we chatted at Real Madrid’s state-of-the-art training ground, it’s easy to see exactly what qualifying for a World Cup tournament would mean to him, and to everyone in Wales.