Gareth ‘Frank’ Bale was born on July 16, 1989 in Cardiff, Wales. His uncle Chris Pike was a former Cardiff City footballer. So Bale had a natural inclination to the game. At the age of nine he was good athlete playing rugby and football simultaneously. He idolised Manchester United star Ryan Giggs and dreamt of playing in the English Premier League. He went to Whitchurch High School situated in his hometown. At the age of 16 he helped the school’s U-18 team win the Cardiff cup.
He was immediately signed by Southampton and given a chance to debut on April 17, 2006. He was the second youngest player to ever play for Southampton. On August 6, Bale scored his first goal in the Premier League but only helped his team secure a draw against Pride Park. He soon began to be recognised as a free kick specialist. He was playing as left back but also contributed regularly to the scoring sheet. He was named the Football League Young Player of the Year for his outstanding performances in March 2007.
Tottenham Hotspurs soon signed a four-year contact with Bale seeing his rapid development and young age. During his stay at Southampton, he had made a total of 45 appearances scoring 5 goals. Bale debuted for Spurs in a friendly game against St.Patrick’s Athletic. In his next four games against Manchester United, Fulham, Arsenal and Middlesbrough he impressed by scoring three crucial goals. Due to an injury he had to sit out the season’s action.