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Gareth Bale is a ‘hero of mine’, says Sunak during Prime Minister’s Questions

11 Jan 2023 2 minute read
Rishi Sunak ( Photo House of Commons) and Gareth Bale (Photo Martin Rickett PA Images)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak labelled Gareth Bale a “hero of mine” as MPs paid tribute to the Wales star following his retirement from football.

Bale called time on his playing career after captaining Wales at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the country’s first appearance in the tournament since 1958.

The Cardiff-born forward’s glittering career began at Southampton, the team supported by Mr Sunak.

Bale shot to prominence at Tottenham Hotspur before winning the Champions League five times at Real Madrid.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts said: “I’m sure the whole House will wish to join me in wishing all the best to Gareth Bale, the former captain of the Wales men’s soccer team, who has been a national inspiration and took Wales to the football World Cup.”

Mr Sunak, in his reply, said: “Let me join with the honourable lady, as a Southampton fan, Gareth Bale also a hero of mine as well and I wish him well.”

The warm words over Bale came as the pair clashed over NHS services in Wales.


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
22 days ago

The ‘clash’; one blow for truth parried by a half-lie…Bale claimed as a draw but Rishi dived…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
22 days ago

Gareth Bale is a hero if mine, says Rishy Sunak. Oh, sure lol. This is a man who doesn’t even know how to pay for petrol using his debit card let alone know who Gareth Bale is. It’s highly likely Sunak thinks Bale played American football he’s so removed from reality.

hdavies15
hdavies15
22 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Sunak’s “attachment” to Bale dates from Gareth’s time as a Southampton player which must have been up to about 2007 ? as he left that club at age 18ish. Bit like me saying I liked Paul Tito cos he was a cracking 2nd row for Cardiff Blues many years ago but not as long ago as Bale’s stay on the south coast of Engerland. I always get a laff out of these politicians trying to relate to sport. Most of them were effin’ useless at any games, team or solo. Boris trying to play contact sport with under 11 age… Read more »

Notttabottt
Notttabottt
21 days ago

Did he really say soccer?

Mawkernewek
21 days ago

Did Sunak not condemn him for retiring at age 33, when the current state pension age is 68 and likely to increase again in the future?

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
21 days ago

Bet your not on his list!

Rob
Rob
2 days ago

Typical London establishment, changing their mode from English to British whenever it suits them. Just like Any Murray, when he wins he is British, when he loses he is Scottish.

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