Gareth Bale has become the record goal scorer in Wales’ history after he scored his 29th international goal in a 6-0 win against China.
Bale beat Welsh legend Ian Rush’s long-standing record of 28 goals, with his first international hat-trick.
The Real Madrid forward’s every touch was cheered by the Chinese crowd, who have treated him like a god since he arrived earlier in the week.
It was the perfect start to Ryan Giggs’ reign as Wales manager, as Bale’s 3 goals, along with strikes from Sam Vokes (2) and Harry Wilson ensuring the side’s biggest win since August 1996, when Wales beat San Marino by the same scoreline.
“I suppose when I was a little boy I never dreamed of being a record-breaker for Wales,” Bale said. “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’ve achieved in my career.