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Real Madrid's Bale lands third Wales award

Gareth Bale has been named the Wales Footballer of the Year for the third time.

The 24-year old, who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in the summer, landed the Football Association of Wales' Player of the Year prize as well as the Fans' Player of the Year award.

Wales boss Chris Coleman was full of praise for Bale after he joined John Hartson and Mark Hughes as three-time winners.

"Gareth's definitely one of the best players I've seen. I've had the fortune of being up close and personal with him in training and he's a player that can take your breath away," he said.

"In two or three seconds, he will do something that nobody else can do. He's a special player.

"He's serious about Wales, he's a Cardiff boy and patriotic and what he does for Welsh football is raise the interest in football for our country. He's brought that for us.

"He's a great player - and I still think he's getting better because of his age. He'll only get better working under a manager like Carlo Ancelotti and playing for Real Madrid with players like Cristiano Ronaldo."

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