Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has admitted that former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs was his idol growing up.
Bale is coming off the back of qualification for Euro 2016 with Wales and revealed that his countryman, Giggs, was the one player he used to admire.
The 26-year-old became the most expensive player in the world, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo, when he moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid in 2013.
There were reports that Man United were in for him at the time but the forward chose not to emulate Giggs and made the switch to La Liga instead.
“Who did I look up to as a kid? Ryan Giggs. I used to love watching him play, he was a hero of mine,” Bale said.
There are clear similarities between the two players. Both are left footers who love to take on defenders at lightning speed. The pair are very alike and you could almost say that Bale’s game is modelled after Giggs’.
United fans will hope that Bale’s comments could influence a decision of whether the Welshman ever makes the move to Old Trafford. The chance to wear the same No.11 shirt that Giggs used to wear and follow in his footsteps for both club and country could be too much for Bale to refuse.