Bale will be Wales’ great­est, says Giggs

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By PHIL CAD­DEN

GARETH BALE has been tipped to be­come Wales’ great­est foot­baller – by Ryan Giggs.

The world’s most ex­pen­sive player (right) in­spired the 10-man Dragons to a vi­tal 2-1 Euro 2016 qual­i­fy­ing win over Cyprus in Cardiff on Mon­day night.

That hard-fought vic­tory kept un­beaten Wales on top of Group B.

Giggs, Neville Southall, John Charles and Ian Rush are all con­sid­ered Wales greats of yes­ter­year.

But Manch­ester United as­sis­tant boss Giggs reck­ons £86mil­lion Real Madrid su­per­star Bale is “world class” and can sur­pass that quar­tet to hit even greater heights.

Giggs said: “I think he could be the best Welsh player.”

Giggs, 40, briefly played along­side Bale for Wales be­fore the fly­ing winger re­tired from the in­ter­na­tional scene in 2007 after win­ning 64 caps.

He added: “Gareth can be as good as he wants to be be­cause he’s such an amaz­ing tal­ent. He can go all the way.

“He’s play­ing at a great club and he’s do­ing it week in, week out, and he’s do­ing it for Wales as well.

“You don’t want to big him up too much, but he’s look­ing like he can han­dle it all. He’s step­ping up – he has to de­liver at Real Madrid where the ex­pec­ta­tion is huge and the pres­sure is on.

“It’s been a mas­sive learn­ing curve for him over the last sea­son, but he’s lived up to ev­ery ex­pec­ta­tion and more.

“And not only that, he’s a great lad who wants to get bet­ter and wants to be the best.”

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