Bale Becomes Wales' All-Time Record Scorer

Record-breaking Gareth Bale fires Wales to romp over China

Record-man Bale sinks China

Not that Bale will be thinking about Real just yet, with another global friendly coming up on Monday in the China Cup final, to be played against the victor of Czech Republic vs. Uruguay.

"On a personal note it's great to break the record, but I could not have done it without my team-mates". Sam Vokes added two more goals and Harry Wilson scored on his 21st birthday as Giggs' men turned on the style.

"Probably once upon a time it was a record that many people thought would not get beaten".

In 179 appearances in all competitions, Bale has scored 79 goals and provided 58 assists - a record that would make him one of the best-loved stars at any club in the world perhaps other than Real.

Wilson claimed an assist to go with a goal on his first global start as a cute reverse ball allowed Vokes to get the better of something vaguely resembling an offside trap and roll in a 57th minute finish.

"It's a fantastic moment for Gareth, he fully deserves it, and I saw things we can work on".

Amid the pride and trepidation, there was also excitement at inheriting the finest generation of players in Wales' history, having reached a first semi-final at a major tournament at Euro 2016.

But the warning signs were flashing for the hosts as Yan Junling raced out of his goal to deny Bale a second, and Ashley Williams headed over at the far post after being left unmarked from Ben Davies' corner.

The Burnley striker duly got in on the act, diverting Andy King's knockdown into the bottom corner following a wonderful raking pass from Bale, who nearly had a hat-trick when Yan beat a sweetly struck 20-yarder to safety.

Bale after grabbing his second goal.

Bale opened the scoring for his country inside two minutes, with the Welshman seemingly shrugging off the injury concerns which have plagued him throughout his fifth season in Spain.

"I suppose, when I was a little boy, I never dreamed of being a record breaker for Wales".

Bale made his debut for Wales in May 2006, coming off the bench in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago to become the youngest-ever Wales global, at 16 years and 315 days.

"He's used to that", said Giggs.

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