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Gareth Bale breaks Liverpool legend record to become Wales top goalscorer

History maker Gareth Bale surpasses Liverpool legend to become Wales top scorer
Bale was in great form (Picture: REUTERS)

Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick against China to become Wales’ top goalscorer in history.

A first-half double from the Real Madrid man saw him equal Liverpool legend Ian Rush’s total of 28 goals for Ryan Giggs’ side on the former Manchester United winger’s first game in charge of the Dragons.

Marcello Lippi’s team found themselves a goal behind after a minute as Bale latched onto a ball over the top and curled past China goalkeeper Yan Junling.

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Football Soccer - China v Wales - China Cup Semi-Finals - Guangxi Sports Center, Nanning, China - March 22, 2018 Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates after scoring a goal REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT.
Bale was on fire (Picture: REUTERS)

And on the 20-minute mark, Bale matched Rush’s record after capitalising on some sloppy play from the Chinese in defence to slot past Yan.

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Giggs’ men were in complete control and Sam Vokes poked home a third to all but confirm victory at the Cina Cup in Nanning.

Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson, who is currently on loan at Hull, bagged Wales a fourth on the stroke of half-time before Vokes grabbed his second to make it five 13 minutes after the restart.

Minutes later, Bale latched onto another long ball to slot past Yan and grab his 29th goal in a Wales shirt before being replaced.

Wales top scorers

29 – Bale
28 – Rush
23 – Ford
23 – Allchurch
22 – Saunders
19 – Bellamy
16 – Earnshaw
16 – Jones
16 – Hughes
15 – Charles

For Bale, it was a historic day.

The 28-year-old passed Rush’s total of 28 goals for his country despite playing three fewer matches, having already surpassed the likes of Mark Hughes, Craig Bellamy and Dean Saunders.

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