Gareth Bale says 'I should come out of retirement' as sublime video emerges

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Gareth Bale - definitely still got it.

The Wales legend and former Real Madrid superstar may have hung up his boots from professional football but in a video that's emerged on social media, it's clear he's lost none of the magic in the wand that is his left foot.

Bale, 34, took the footballing world by surprise last year when he decided to retire from the game altogether. Wales' hero of 2016 and subsequent European Championship and World Cup campaigns called time on an illustrious career that saw him win five Champions League titles with Los Blancos.

With hero status long since cemented with the Red Wall, the injuries that dogged his career at certain stages became too much and the curtain was brought down on the career of one of European football's best-ever talents.

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Since his announcement, Bale has been able to spend more time with his family, while also dedicating more hours on the golf course. There have been some attempts to lure him out of retirement, with Wrexham co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney making more than one appeal for him to lace up his togs once again for the north Wales club. You can read more about that here.

In a video on X posted by Viva Bale, the Welshman can be seen going through his trademark free-kick routine - think Wales vs Austria two years ago - and the Midas touch is still very much evident.

"I'm going to pick a spot on the grass that's got a bit of a tee," he begins. "I'll aim the valve to my target and like I said I'll take one, two, three, four (steps), one to the right and then I'll take my deep breath, and then I kind of start my run-up and do this."

Bale proceeds to strike the ball at goal from roughly 20-odd yards into the top right-hand corner. He runs off to the right, followed by the camera, replying: "I should come out of retirement really!"

Bale was capped 111 times for his country, scoring 41 goals in the process, with that deadball effort against the Austrians at Cardiff City Stadium in the World Cup qualifier semi-final play-off arguably the best of the lot.