Not German FFS
Reliably good but not world class is my whole point. He didn't go to complete sh*t like Hazard as I said before but he didn't consistently hit those heights of 12/13, 15/16 etc.Wasn’t the Ballon d’Or a complete joke back then because you had only journalists voting on it until like 2005?
Swear they only got players involved much later after the Thierry Henry robberies.
My point is that he was still “very good” if not great in a solid stretch of seasons.
Your argument fits for Eden Hazard who’d take entire years off at a time *cough 2015/16 cough* but Bale until he was ruined by injuries was a reliably good player imo.
Not just injuries either, watched plenty of games he'd start or come on for and look demonstrably unmotivated, then the whole Golf Wales Madrid memeing and retiring at 32, can't call him reliable if he clearly doesn't care enough about the game.