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Wales celebrate at full time

Gareth Bale puts focus on Wales and not Cristiano Ronaldo

For those who knew Gareth Bale when he was a 16-year-old at Southampton, living with his fellow scholars in the club’s digs at Darwin Lodge, he was a wind-up merchant, always smiling, one of the boys. It is a side to him that has been camouflaged. Bale’s public persona has long been synonymous with playing it straight and keeping his feelings under wraps. Until now.