Coleman: Gareth Bale can become Wales' greatest ever goalscorer

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The former Spurs star has scored 11 goals in his last 16 international matches.

Wales boss Chris Coleman has once again lauded the country's star forward Gareth Bale, as well as claiming the ex Tottenham player could break records for the national team.

Bale moved to Real Madrid from Spurs for a reported £85 million in 2013, before helping the La Liga giants win the Champions League in his first season at the Bernabeu.

"He's one of the best players in the world," said Coleman.

"He can score a goal out of nothing or create a goal out of nothing.

And when asked about the potential for Bale to break Ian Rush's goalscoring record, Coleman was optimistic.

"He's young enough. Going on what he's already done, he's going to play enough games to surpass that," said the former Fulham boss.

"If you've got someone with that ability, it's not just what he gives to your own players, it's what he does to the opposition.

"When the opposition walk on to the pitch knowing they're up against someone like that, psychologically it's fantastic. It's a huge boost for us."

There is little doubt that Bale is the biggest talent to emerge from Welsh football since Ryan Giggs, but some may even think Bale has already surpassed the famous former Manchester United star.

With 14 goals in 45 intentional matches, Bale has already surpassed Giggs when it comes to finding the back of the net for his country, and the Real Madrid star now has the illustrious trio of John Charles, Mark Hughes and Cliff Jones ahead of him in the all time rankings.

At the very pinnacle of that list is Liverpool legend Ian Rush, who netted 28 times in 73 games for Wales over 16 years.

Though they haven't qualified for a major international tournament since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, Wales have produced some of the very best youngsters from the UK, and right now boast a generation of quality top level footballers, with many having plenty of years left in them.

With the likes of Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen in the side, don't bet against Wales making the European Championships in France in 2016.

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