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11 reasons why the Premier League will miss Gareth Bale

The Welsh international’s move to Real Madrid has been officially confirmed.

1. His banter

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2. His increasingly impressive knack for scoring goals

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3. The respect he commands

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4. His odd mannerisms


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5. His ability to persistently torment defenders


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6. His flair


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7. His pace

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8. His phenomenally powerful shots


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9. His wacky celebrations


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10. His penchant for scoring dramatic last-minute stunners

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11. His so-bad-it’s-good trademark celebration


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