Gareth Bale: differential star and mission of historical witness
"Gareth Bale, excited, shines brighter than ever after leaving Real Madrid." It is a compliment that Marca Newspaper makes about Gareth Bale, and that is right. Although he only entered the field in the 97th minute of MLS 2022's final match between Los Angeles FC and Philadelphia Union, he made a game-changing contribution.
In official time of the match, the score was 2-2 between LAFC and the Philadelphia Union. In the 97th minute, Bale was brought into the field to replace Carlos Vela. In the 120+4 minute, Philadelphia took the lead. The Philadelphia Union will win the 2022 MLS Cup if they keep sheet in the final minutes of the match, but Bale suddenly appeared and ruined the opponent's party. Four minutes later after Philadelphia’s goal, the Welsh superstar shone with a precise header to score a 3-3 equalizer from the cross of his teammate on the left.
Bale's goal helped LAFC narrowly escape defeat. The two teams then had to enter the penalty shootout to determine the MLS Cup champion in 2022. LAFC demonstrated their strength and won the 11-meter competition. Although Bale has mostly been on the bench since joining LAFC, when LAFC seemed to have to suffer a crushing defeat, Bale spoke up. Bale made great contributions to the first MLS title in LAFC's history.
Fate may have chosen Bale to become a historical witness and bring the "DNA of champions."
In the past, Bale won the Champions League five times with Real Madrid, in which he played an important role in three finals in the 2013/14, 2015/16, and 2017/18 seasons. The Welsh striker scored to make Real Madrid win 2-1 against Atletico Madrid (Real won 4-1 on aggregate in 2014). In 2016, Bale played the entire 120 minutes of the match, assisted Sergio Ramos to score, and successfully completed the penalty kick. In 2018, Bale scored a brace to help Real beat Liverpool 3-1, including a brilliant hook.
Everything seems to be the fate of his career. Goals or artistic touches are meant to remind him that his time is not over. More importantly, Bale has the perfect momentum for the 2022 World Cup because he is the number one hope for Wales.
Bale faced numerous criticisms for ignoring his career.It was said that he was so obsessed with golf that he forgot about football. However, everyone has the right to live and pursue their hobby, and Bale is not an exception. He is passionate about playing golf, but he still has value and class when he plays football. Bale has always played well for the national team.
People will remember Bale when they think of Wales football history. He had contributions for Wales that none of Wales' legends, including John Charles, Ryan Giggs, Ivor Allchurch, and Ian Rush, have accomplished.
Bale was the key player and the inspiration for Wales to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016—an outstanding achievement in Wales’ football history. After six years, he helped Wales gain the first ticket in 64 years of football history to the World Cup. That is the difference Bale brings to the Wales team.
Wales' performance in the qualifying round has not been appreciated. However, under the leadership of Bale, everything changed completely. All of this is enough to create Bale's greatness for Wales.
With 40 goals, Bale is the all-time top scorer for Wales. In the nine years he played in Madrid, he scored 106 goals and won five Champions League titles, which is an outstanding achievement that any player would want to achieve.
Bale's good performance continues even at the age of 33. However, the inspiration on the pitch is the problem for him. He signed a short-term contract with LAFC to maintain his fitness for the World Cup in 2022. The goal in the 2022 MLS Cup final is also a way for Bale to rediscover his feel for the ball, giving him even more motivation to explode in Qatar and lead Wales to an outstanding performance in the world's largest football tournament.
The World Cup 2022 may be the final tournament for Bale at the international level, and fans hope that he will play well and finish his glorious career in the most complete way possible.