Former football analyst for FOX Sports USMNT midfielder Stu Holden counts down the top 50 players participating in the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Ahead…

Gareth Bale

country: Wales
rating: 42
Rating in 2018: N/A
Position: Attacker
age: 33

Gareth Bale has achieved just about everything a player can at club level, including five Champions League titles and three domestic titles with Real Madrid. His latest achievement was winning the Fan Shield with LAFC in his first season in MLS.

Internationally, however, Bale did not achieve much success. That could change for him and Wales this year.

“When you think about Wales playing for Gareth Bale, his childhood dream is to represent his country at the World Cup,” Holden said. “They do it for the first time since 1958 and are drawn in a group against England, Iran and the USA. The LAFC man will be very familiar with American football by the end of his time in MLS, but will we see him and Wales making noise in Qatar?”

#42: Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale of Wales is known for his technical ability, speed and finishing.


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