Jamie Carragher reflects on Bale's Wales heroics, also lists Spurs success among top achievements

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher says Gareth Bale can be one of the all-time greats.

Gareth Bale took his case with Welsh fans from hero closer to legend status as he netted a crucial goal to put them on the brink of qualifying for Euro 2016.

The Real Madrid superstar headed home a Ronaldo-esque goal in the second half to hand Wales a 1-0 away victory over Cyprus to ensure they stay at the top of their group.

Wales needed the win, with Belgium beating Bosnia and Herzegovina, and they are three points clear of the Red Devils with three games remaining, against Israel, Bosnia, and Andorra.

Bale's goal drew real praise from Jamie Carragher, with the former Liverpool defender using his Kicca page to reflect on where his achievement would rank him in terms of his country's modern greats.

He went on list the 26-year-old's achievements, mentioning pushing Spurs into the top four Premier League spots among them. 

Here is his post: "Gareth Bale has put Wales on the verge of qualification tonight & if they pull it off & make Euro 2016 where would it put Bale when talking about the great British players of all time? He's already achieved an awful lot but if they qualify when other great Welsh players could never achieve it with their teams shows the accomplishment.

"2 PFA player of the year awards, vital goals in 2 cup finals for Real Madrid, taking Spurs to the Champions league & when he comes back to the Premier League if he could be successful in terms of winning titles & the CL we could be putting him right at the very top of that list of great British players of the past."

Was Tottenham's success all down to Bale?

Spurs sold Bale two seasons ago, and have not reached the Champions League places without him, while they did during his time at the club.

That is though really a bit too simplistic of a view to take. It was only when in the competition that Bale's star really begun to truly shine, with his magnificent second half performance against Inter Milan.

In fact during the 2009/10 season in which Spurs finished in the top four, Bale only netted three league goals. 

His final season at the club was more deserving of individual recognition, netting 21 times in the Premier League, but a late collapse to the club's campaign saw them fall narrowly short of Champions League qualification.

The next transfer window he was gone, and while a Real Madrid move may have been inevitable, it's easy to wonder how it may have panned out had they finished one point above Arsenal than one point below.

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