Gareth Bale's match-winning performance for Tottenham Hotspur against West Ham on Monday night was the latest sensational display in what is proving a phenomenal season for the winger, with his stunning brace against the Hammers taking his tally to 19 goals in all competitions this campaign, including eight in his last six Spurs appearances.
At just 23 years old, Bale is far from his peak and shows every sign of developing into an even better player. At this particular moment in time, it's not far-fetched to suggest he is currently the third best player in the world, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and certainly the best player to come out of Wales since Ryan Giggs made his Manchester United debut back in 1991.
But just how does Bale compare to his illustrious compatriot at the same age? We delved into the archives to see how the pair match up, looking at their career performance from debut to Bale's exact age (23 years, 7 months and 11 days, at time of writing) and the figures make for potentially surprising reading.
Giggs is closing in on his 1000th appearance as a professional footballer – a milestone he could reach against Norwich at the weekend – and his longevity in the game at the highest level is unlikely to matched for a long time. However, Bale's stats since his debut for Southampton in 2005 are largely comparable to those of the younger Giggs.
By the age of 23, Giggs had already won far more medals than Bale (seven major medals compared to none), courtesy of playing for a far better club, but Bale has already been crowned PFA Player of the Year, while Giggs had 'only' won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
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