Gareth Bale becomes Wales’ top scorer

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Thursday, 22 Mar 2018, 14:02

Gareth Bale grabbed an impressive hat-trick in Wales’ 6-0 win against China on Thursday, 22 March to become Wales’ all-time top scorer.

Ian Rush previously held the record with 28 goals but Bale’s hat-trick in the China Cup semi final puts him on 29 international goals.

Of Bale’s 29 goals, he has netted 24 with his favoured left-foot, four with his head, and only one with his right-foot.

It was an historical day for the Welsh national team at Nanning as Ryan Giggs took charge of his first game as Wales manager and he could not have dreamt of a better start.

Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale wasn’t the only record-breaker in the Wales team as Chris Gunter surpassed Gary Speed’s record of most Welsh caps from an outfield player with his 86th international appearance – only keeper Neville Southall (92) has collected more caps than Reading right-back Chris Gunter (86).

Sam Vokes scored twice for Wales to become only the 19th player to reach 10 goals for Wales, while Harry Wilson celebrated his 21st birthday with his first goal for Wales in his first appearance for his country in over four years.

Wales will now face either Uruguay or Czech Republic in the China Cup final on Monday, 26 March.