Born in 1989, Bale first attracted the attention of Southampton FC at the age of just nine.
At secondary school, he was such a prodigious talent that his PE teacher, Gwyn Morris, had to impose special restrictions on him to make it fair for the other pupils.
After completing his GCSE exams, Bale became the second-youngest player ever to sign for Southampton on 17 April 2006. The Premier League soon came calling and in 2007 Bale signed a four-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur.
His career at White Hart Lane didn't get off to the best start, but in late 2009 he seized his chance to secure a regular place in the first team and had since proved to be a top-class footballer with a stunning hat-trick in Tottenham's Europa League tie against Inter Milan at the San Siro and a man-of-the-match performance in the return leg. Bale has unsurprisingly also made several appearances for Wales, and his talent has been compared to that of the legendary Ryan Giggs.
He's fast, he's strong, he's an excellent an he scores goals.
This is the fascinating biography of Totteham's latest superstar player.