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When will Gareth Bale smash Ian Rush’s Wales goalscoring record?

| 06.10.2016

Gareth Bale needs just five more goals to become Wales’ all-time leading goalscorer, and our followers have been debating exactly when he’ll surpass Ian Rush’s amount of 28.

We offered our followers four options to choose from, those being before Christmas, in the next two games, before Christmas, in 2017 or at the 2018 World Cup.

A brace against Moldova in Wales’ WCQ opener last month edged him closer to Rush’s tally, and the Welsh legend himself believes it’s only a matter of time before his record is broken.

Back in September, Rush said “It’s just a matter of time before he beats my record – and goes on to smash it.”

And a whopping 52 per cent of voters think he’ll reach the golden 29-mark at some point next year.


In second-place, with 31 per cent of the votes, was the ‘Before Christmas’ option, with 10 per cent of you thinking Bale will have to wait until 2018 in Russia to smash the record on the biggest stage in world football.

That left just seven per cent of voters to back Bale to become Wales’ all-time leading goalscorer by close of play on Sunday evening – giving the Real Madrid star roughly 180 minutes to do so.

While he may struggle to find the net against Austria tonight, he’ll surely be motivated by the fact that Wales are up against a weak Georgia side on Sunday evening.

Our traders are offing tempting odds of 25/1 for the former Tottenham Hotspur man to reach 29 goals before Christmas, and you can expect those to fall drastically should Bale add to his tally tonight.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.