Gareth Bale takes my breath away, says Paul Scholes

Gareth Bale takes my breath away, says Paul Scholes


Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has said Real Madrid forward ‘takes his breath away’ with his scintillating style of play.

Bale played a crucial part in Los Blancos’ success in the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season. His incredible solo goal against Barcelona in Valencia will live long in the memory of Real Madrid fans, while he will also go down in history being one of just a handful of players to score in both finals in the same season – he netted Real’s crucial second goal as they saw off local rivals Atletico de Madri 4-1 in Lisbon in May.

Writing in his weekly column for the Independent, Scholes, considered by many to be one of the best midfielders from his generation, said Bale can take over Ronaldo’s mantle as the star at the club, and said the way he plays in breathtaking.

He wrote: “I have to admire the way that Gareth Bale has taken to life at Real Madrid. I watched him in the 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and they were breathtaking.”

And he continued: “I am sure that he will eventually inherit Ronaldo’s mantle as the club’s leading goalscorer. In the meantime, it was good to see how much it meant to Bale to play for Wales this week.”