Why Gareth Bale was nearly released as an academy player

Gareth Bale has won 4 Champions League trophies and has been the world's most expensive footballer. Even with all that, there was a time when the decision-makers doubted his future in the game.

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GALACTICO: When Gareth Bale moved to the Bernabeu, he became the most expensive player in the world

Pro football clubs every season choose to keep or release academy players. Many factors influence the final decisions. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, found himself in limbo when Southampton had run the rule over him.

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