Bale vs. Giggs at 23
|Bale and Giggs similar but who will be better?|
Both Bale, 23 and Giggs 39, scored on the weekend, both are at completely different stages of their careers Giggs will potentially play his 1000th game of football this weekend, While Bale will be looking to put Arsenal to the sword, in a crucial North London derby. If you look back at the last 10 spurs goals Bale has scored 7 of them. The cries are raining down from opposition fans of "One man team!" with some "crazy fools" (excuse me Mr.T) like me even claiming he's as good as Ronaldo.
But who's the best? Wales needs an answer! obviously its a non contest now with Giggs' age getting the better of him, so lets rewind Giggs back 16 years and compare where they were at 23 years and 7 months...
This would take us back to 1997 the year that Dolly was cloned, Blair became prime minister and Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was published, for Ryan Giggs, He is yet to score the wonder-goal in the FA Cup semi against Arsenal or win the triple with United which both occurred in 99'. But he was an integral part of a brilliant United team and was the youngest player ever to play for Wales (a record he lost in 98'). In fairness despite being a constant it was the goal in 99' that really put Giggs on the map as one of the greatest players in Britain, the equivalent to Bale's Hat-trick vs. Inter Milan in 2010.
|A younger Giggs, spent money on combs|
|Giggs holding the Premier League trophy aloft|
Like Giggs in 94' Bale has suddenly had to step up his goal-scoring form to help his misfiring team mates, Tottenham have been struggling with goals from their strikers, with Defoe and Adebayor contributing just 12 goals this season between them (Defoe with 10 of them) With Defoe's recent injury Bale like Giggs stepped up and was counted, scoring an array of world class goals and beating at least 2 players every time he picked up the ball. Bale is now the 3rd top goalscorer in the country with 15, not bad with still a third of the season to go and being a left winger. His performance against West Ham was one of the most dominate I have ever witnessed from a single player and made me reminisce of watching Bastian Schweinsteiger destroy England and Argentina with his passing in the 2010 World Cup.
|Bale's been in top form for Tottenham this season|
Bales recent form is reminiscent of Giggs around the same age, I think he may progress more and become the better player. However this will cost him a few years at the end of his career that Giggs has smartly used. Although very similar they have very different mind sets, Bale will probably beat a lot of goalscoring records for a midfield wide man and may play for one of Europe's top teams but will reach nowhere near the height of Giggsy's appearances and age.
|Giggs today signed a one year contract extension|
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James Cartwright (TFHB) 1/3/13 Follow me on twitter: @James_H_C