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


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

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.