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How football’s wonder boy Gareth Bale fell from grace after Real Madrid fall out

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Seven years ago Gareth Bale was football’s wonder boy, a goal-scoring sensation who signed to Spanish super-club Real Madrid for a record fee. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Seven years ago Gareth Bale was football’s wonder boy, a goal-scoring sensation who signed to Spanish super-club Real Madrid for a record fee. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

How the mighty have fallen. Seven years ago he was football’s wonder boy, a goal-scoring sensation who signed to Spanish super-club Real Madrid for a record fee.

But it didn’t take long for the picture to change – to one of a disgruntled, demotivated player at odds with his coach, languishing on the bench while his teammates got the lion’s share of game time.

Now, after years of misery, one of football’s unhappiest marriages has finally come to an end.

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