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Coleman: "I just asked Gareth for his autograph"

Bale at his devastating best as he inspired Wales to a win over Iceland. Credit: PA

Wales manager Chris Coleman said after last night's friendly against Iceland,"I have just asked him (Bale) for an autograph!

"He is one of the best I have ever witnessed. He is an unbelievable player, he really is. He is a fantastic weapon for us."

The Real Madrid forward was the star attraction at the Cardiff City Stadium and lived up to his billing as he scored a magnificent solo goal and created two others.

James Collins opened the scoring when he headed home from a Bale free-kick and Sam Vokes snaffled a second.

Bale tripped while taking on Iceland's Ari Freyr Skulason and Aron Gunnarsson. (right) Credit: PA

Bale wrapped up victory when he sprinted down the touchline from inside his own half and then cut in to drill home a low shot.

Unfortunately for the Football Association of Wales, only 13,290 did turn up for what seemed a low-key affair.

Yet while it might not have been the Bernabeu or the Champions League, Bale showed no little enthusiasm for the challenge in the 72 minutes he was on the field. Coleman said Bale "was worth the admission on his own."

Bale worth admission fee 'on his own' says Coleman

Gareth Bale scored one of Wales' three goals against Iceland last night Credit: PA

Wales manager Chris Coleman has paid tribute to Gareth Bale's performance in Wales' 3-1 win at home to Iceland last night, saying he was worth the admission fee "on his own."

The Real Madrid forward had been the star attraction at the Cardiff City Stadium and he lived up to his billing, scoring as a magnificent solo goal, while creating two others.

James Collins opened the scoring when he headed home from a Bale free-kick, before Sam Vokes scored a second for the home side.

Bale wrapped up victory when he sprinted down the touchline from inside his own half and then cut in to drill home a low shot.

"He is one of the best I have ever witnessed," said Coleman.

"He is an unbelievable player, he really is. He is a fantastic weapon for us. For the people who came tonight it was worth paying the fee, just for him."

Bale joined Real Madrid in a world-record £85.3m move from Spurs last summer and is now starting to find his feet in La Liga after a slow start due to injuries.

But Coleman has no doubt the 24-year-old has the potential to become the world's best.

"He has every chance of winning the Ballon d'Or one day," he said.

"I'm not sure he thinks about that but, looking around, there are not many others playing like he is.

"How many players have the capacity to do what he does? If he was Spanish or Brazilian people would go crazy.

"He has to be up there as one of the best players on the planet. You cannot disguise it.

"He was worth the admission on his own."

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FT: Wales 3 - 1 Iceland

Wales began their build up to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a morale boosting 3-1 victory over Iceland at the Cardiff City Stadium.

West Ham defender James Collins opened the scoring for the home side, heading home from a Gareth Bale cross.

An Ashley Williams own goal levelled matters, before Sam Vokes and Bale himself netted after the break to secure victory for Chris Coleman's side.

Iceland friendly for Coleman's Wales ahead of qualifiers

Manager Chris Coleman at yesterday's training session Credit: PA

Chris Coleman's team are in action tonight in a friendly against Iceland at the Cardiff City Stadium.

It's the first time the two sides have met since 2008, when Wales won 1-0 in Reykjavik.

Tonight's game is the start of the build-up for both teams' Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Iceland chief: Local authorities to blame

North Wales based food chain Iceland Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Iceland chief executive Malcolm Walker has attacked local authorities for driving down the quality of food as the horsemeat scandal continues.

Mr Walker told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: “Supermarkets shouldn’t be blamed. British supermarkets have got a fantastic reputation for food safety.

“If we’re going to blame somebody, let’s start with local authorities because there’s a whole side of this industry which is invisible, that’s the catering industry.

“Schools, hospitals, it’s a massive business for cheap food and local authorities award contracts based purely on one thing: price.”

Iceland posts 18.5% rise in profits

Iceland, which has its HQ in Wrexham, was recently bought back by its founder Credit: Press Association

Frozen food retailer Iceland has announced record profits today, but admits its business is facing tough competition from money-off vouchers given by supermarket rivals.

The group, which has a headquarters in Wrexham, saw profits rose 18.5% to £184.3 million for the year to March 30

Founder Malcolm Walker, who recently bought back the company in a £1.5 billion deal, said underlying sales had been "pretty flat" since the year end as supermarkets stepped up their promotions

Iceland now has 814 stores across the UK and employs 24,000 staff.

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Iceland bought out by the man who started it

Iceland retail boss Malcolm Walker today led a £1.45 billion deal to buy back the frozen food chain he founded more than 40 years ago.

The Flintshire-based business was bought back from its creditors, the collapsed Icelandic bank Landsbanki.

Mr Walker and his senior management team already held 23% of the business but will now have full operational and board control

I am utterly delighted that we have been able to conclude a deal that ensures a secure, independent future for this great British company.

– Malcolm Walker