Euro 2016's Top 50 Players: Number 4 Gareth Bale

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The Real Madrid winger has the hopes of a nation on his shoulders.

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HITC Sport writers have compiled a list of the top 50 players at Euro 2016, assessing players from across the 24 countries taking part at this summer's tournament.

Coming in at number 4 is Wales and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, who carries a nation's hopes on his shoulders.

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International record: 54 Caps, 19 Goals

2015/16: Bale could lift his second Champions League trophy in three seasons on Saturday, but it's in La Liga where his best performances have come.

19 goals from 23 appearances is some return - or would be if it weren't for that other bloke he plays with - especially in a campaign disrupted by niggling, usually muscle-related, injuries.

The 26-year-old is yet to find the net in Europe this season, but a performance like the one he put in against the same opponents in the 2014 final (Atletico Madrid) would set him up nicely for the summer.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring a goal

Could we see him in the Premier League? Though he may be a perennial Manchester United target - at least according to the papers - the chances of a return to his home isles appear slim at this moment in time.

Bale has made a good fist of it in Spain, despite reports he has failed to integrate with his Blancos teammates (one of them in particular), and even the most ardent United fan would admit he's better off where he is.

Unless his performances start to suffer, he'll be a Madridista for some time yet.

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring the first goal for Real Madrid

What can we expect? With a mere two weeks separating Bale's final club fixture and Wales' Euros opener, it should be full steam ahead for the Cardiff native, which can only be good for the Dragons in a group they'll secretly fancy their chances of getting out of. 

Seven goals and two assists for a side that scored 11 goals total in qualifying underlines just how important the Blancos star is to Chris Coleman's side, regardless of the shards of Premier League quality scattered around him.

Bale hasn't played for his country since October due to injury, during which time they've lost twice and drawn another.

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