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Bale heads to the homeland for Christmas

Wales star Gareth Bale has tweeted a photo of himself heading home to Wales for the holidays.

The tweet shows Bale in a surgical boot having undergone surgery on his damaged ankle.

His tweet says, 'Back home to Wales for the Christmas break'.

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Bale 'sixth best in the world'

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Wales star Gareth Bale has been voted Number 6 in the list of the world's best footballers.

The Ballon d'Or winner was Cristiano Ronaldo for the fourth time.

Gareth Bale helped drive Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Thirty players in all were put forward on the 2016 Ballon d'Or finals list, which included several players based in the English Premier League.

Bale 'out for three months' due to surgery

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Gareth Bale is to undergo surgery on the ankle injury he suffered during Tuesday's Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid have announced.

The Wales international was replaced just before the hour mark during the 2-1 victory in Portugal and tests on Wednesday revealed he had suffered damage to his tendons.

Real have now announced the 27-year-old will go under the knife in London next Tuesday.

The European champions have not said how long they expect Bale to be sidelined for, but reports in Spain suggest he could be out for up to three months.

Wales' next scheduled match is the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on March 24th.

FT: Wales 4 - 0 Moldova

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Wales built on their Euro 2016 heroics with a 4-0 victory over Moldova in their first World Cup qualifier match.

Wales struck twice late in the first half to take a firm grip on their opening World Cup qualifier against Moldova in Cardiff.

Moldova had defended stoutly until Sam Vokes reached Gareth Bale's 38th-minute cross to score with a powerful header.

Joe Allen doubled the lead a minute before the break with his first Wales goal after latching onto a loose ball from a corner.

Moldova's hopes of getting back into the contest were ended within five minutes of the restart when Ion Jardan was guilty of extreme carelessness.

Jardan played a ball blindly back towards his own goal, straight to the unmarked Bale who is not one to refuse such gifts.

Bale strode on and comfortably chipped Cebanu for his 23rd international goal, taking him into second spot on the all-time Wales list.

A second goal from Bale in the final moments - this time in the form of a penalty - finished off a comfortable night for Wales.

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Ronaldo front-runner for UEFA’s best player award - Bale fifth favourite at 16/1

Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are shortlisted for UEFA’s best player in Europe award. Credit: PA

On the back of the shortlist being announced for UEFA’s best player in Europe, William Hill makes Cristiano Ronaldo the 1/4 favourite to bag the award.

He is quite some way ahed of Lionel Messi, who at 5/1 is the second favourite and third favourite Antoine Griezmann at 7/1.

Gareth Bale is fifth favourite, with odds 16/1.

Cristiano Ronaldo has helped both his club and his country to glory this season and for this reason, he is the clear favourite to win the best player in Europe accolade.

– Joe Crilly,William Hill spokesman

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