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With the Welsh capital hosting the UEFA Super Cup, it offers the prospect of a stirring return for the Real Madrid winger in the city where he was born. After all, this is where, from the age of just three, Bale used to watch his uncle Chris Pike play for Cardiff City at Ninian Park.
While the local club now plays in the Cardiff City Stadium, the close ties remain. Mother Debbie still lives and works in the city and when Bale walks out onto the turf he’ll be just four miles south of his old primary school, a 10 minute car ride away up the A4119. It’s all set up for the hero’s return.