Gareth Bale's Greatest Moments From First Tottenham Spell - Ranked

Gareth Bale is on the verge of completing a spectacular return to Tottenham Hotspur, seven years after he departed for Real Madrid.

Bale is undoubtedly up there with Spurs' most talented ever players, with his six-year spell in north London ending in a career-best campaign, which saw the Welshman finish the 2012/13 Premier League season clutching the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

Although now a forward, Bale joined Spurs as a left-back. Remarkably, it actually took the Welshman 24 appearances before he was in a match-winning starting lineup, after making the move from Southampton at the age of 17.

Once he did get amongst the wins the wins though, Bale he created many iconic memories for Spurs, some of which have been cemented in club folklore.

Here's a look at his greatest moments during his (first) spell in north London.

8. Final Goal vs Sunderland (2013)

Of course the 'Welsh wizard' scored on his final outing for Tottenham, with his wand of a left foot sending the ball curling from range past Simon Mignolet.

Whilst the final result still meant Arsenal would finish in the top four, Bale signed off his Tottenham career in style.

7. Free-Kick vs Arsenal (2007)

After making a slow start to his career as a Tottenham player, an 18-year-old Bale curled in a free-kick in what was his first goal in the north London derby.

Arsenal won the match 3-1, but the sweetly-struck set-piece had Bale's name on the minds of many Spurs fans leaving White Hart Lane that day.

In ten appearances against the Gunners, Bale managed an impressive five goals and one assist.

6. Blazing the Path to Europe (2010)

In a tight run-in during the 2009/10 season, which saw Harry Redknapp's Spurs side face games against Arsenal and Chelsea, Bale rose to the occasion.

Within days, the Welshman scored decisive goals which saw Spurs claim respective 2-1 victories over their London rivals and put them on course to qualify for a debut campaign in the Champions League.

5. Free-kick Masterclass vs Lyon (2013)

'Tah-dah' were the words used on commentary that night as Bale put on yet another magical performance at White Hart Lane.

The Welshman's long-range free-kick put Spurs ahead against Lyon in the UEFA Europa League before a spectacular strike from Samuel Umtiti brought the visitors level.

It was another Bale free-kick which had the final say, with a last-gasp strike giving Tottenham the advantage going into the second-leg.

4. Stunning Volley vs Stoke (2010)

It's definitely up there with one of the greatest goals the Welshman has scored.

A sumptuous volley which rifled the ball into the top corner was even applauded by Stoke supporters as the winger wheeled away in celebration.

Tottenham won the close game 2-1, with Bale scoring both goals to send the visitors home with all three points.

3. Last-Gasp Wonder Goal vs West Ham (2013)

In a tense London derby at Upton Park, a thunderbolt from range proved to be the deciding factor that sent Spurs home with all three points.

The Welshman was literally winning games for Spurs on his own during the final months of his time at the club, and once again proved his quality with a stunning late strike to send the away end into a frenzy.

2. Taxi for Maicon (2010)

With confidence sky-high following another display against Inter (which we'll get to in a moment), Bale was the star of the show again when Spurs hosted Rafa Benitez's side in the Champions League group stages of 2010/11.

The Welshman's pace on the left flank gave Inter right-back Maicon an evening from hell, with Bale going on to get two assists as Spurs won 3-1.

Maicon was regarded as the world's best right-back at the time.

1. Hat-Trick at San Siro (2010)

In October 2010, newly established as a winger, Bale produced an incredible display against defending champions Inter on away soil.

With Spurs 4-0 down at half-time, a second-half hat-trick from Bale brought Redknapp's side to within touching distance of taking something from the game.

Despite losing 4-3 on the night, travelling Tottenham fans knew they had just witnessed something special as Bale announced himself on the European stage as an elite level winger.

Source : 90min