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Look, I don't follow soccer as closely as some others do on here, but to say Bale is the best talent to come out of the entire British Isles since the late 1960s is way over the top.
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People only use the word 'talent' because it's meaningless enough that you can defend any position. Even if he plays like ****e from now until he's 40, they can just say 'oh he had so much talent, but he wasted it'.
Framing the question a bit better, has anyone else British been this good at 23? I can't really say but it seems unlikely to me that Gazza or Giggs were. Any other candidates?
Dalglish perhaps? No idea really, just trying to think of the best British players since Best.
Bale would have to be the best at this age that I have seen, Rooney the outstanding teenager though, without a doubt.
Owen a good shout actually, was incredible when he was on his early 20s. Won The Messi Trophy didn't he?
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It isn't like I am trying to say Bale is crap or Rooney is better as both those statements are false but Gazza was that good and he tragically wasted his talent afterwards.
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I'm hardly rewriting history. Everyone knows Gazza was brilliant at 23.
As sledger said it's not a very good comparison but it seems unlikely to me that he was better than Bale, who's a million times faster and scores far more often.
And obviously I'm sitting on the fence wrt who's the better of the two.
Gascoigne definitely was. Owen won the Ballon D'Or at the age of 21.
Bale's yet to really prove himself at the very top level.
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