Bale: It’s among the best achievements of my career

Jadon Sancho – 12 Bundesliga Assists so far in 2018/19

Wales superstar Gareth Bale is delighted to have leapfrogged Ian Rush as his country's all-time goal-scorer after netting a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over China on Thursday.

The milestone, in Ryan Giggs’ first game in charge of Wales, took the forward to 29 goals in 69 appearances for his country.

He described becoming his country’s all-time record goal-scorer as among “the best achievement of his career".

Bale told reporters after the match: “It is right up there, maybe as the best.

“I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales. It is a massive honour.

“I was not thinking about it, but now it has come it's an incredible honour and one of the best things I have achieved in my career.

“On a personal note it's great to break the record, but I could not have done it without my team-mates.”

Bale added that ll the players were determined to prove themselves to new boss, Giggs, who was in-charge of his country for the first time having replaced Chris Coleman in January.

 “Everyone obviously wanted to impress the new manager,” Bale said.

“There are certain things he is going to do differently and it was a great start under him. We know what he expects of us, but we know we have to keep building on this.”