Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been named on the shortlist for the BBC Sport Personality of the Year.
The Welshman has had an outstanding year for Los Blancos, helping them lift three trophies so far – with the World Club Championship still to come next month.
The 24-year-old wrote himself into Real Madrid folklore by scoring the crucial second goal in the Champions League final in May against city rivals Atletico de Madrid as Los Blancos ended their 12-year wait to win La Decima.
The former Spurs man also scored a stunning effort for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. Picking up the ball in his own half, he knocked the ball round Marc Batra and had to take the long way round the Barca defender – coming from a couple of metres off the pitch to motor past him and into the area to slot the ball home past Pinto in goal.
Despite his success on the pitch for Madrid, Bale is not considered one of the favourites for the award – with golfer Rory McIlroy and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton believed to be the main contenders for the award – given to a British sportsperson for outstanding achievement in the calendar year.
The full 10-man list for the award, which will be announced on December 14, is:
Gareth Bale – Football
Charlotte Dujardin – Dressage
Carl Froch – Boxing
Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans – Skiing
Lewis Hamilton – Formula 1
Rory McIlroy – Golf
Jo Pavey – Athletics
Adam Peaty – Swimming
Max Whitlock – Gymnastics
Lizzy Yarnold – Skeleton