Bale back for Tottenham: How Rooney, Ibrahimovic & Maradona fared second time around

Bale back for Tottenham: How Rooney, Ibrahimovic & Maradona fared second time around

Tottenham fans got to see Gareth Bale don the famous shirt once more in Sunday's Premier League clash with West Ham. The Wales star came off the bench at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for his first appearance in England's top flight since May 2013, but it proved a frustrating outing. From 3-0 up when Bale was introduced in the 72nd minute, Tottenham were pegged back as the game finished in a 3-3 draw. The 31-year-old, who previously played for Spurs between 2007 and 2013, joined Jose Mourinho's side on loan from Real Madrid after winning four Champions Leagues with Los Blancos. Bale had only 25 goal involvements (17 goals, eight assists) across his final two seasons with Madrid, having managed 61 (38 goals, 23 assists) in his last two campaigns with Tottenham. Players returning to clubs where they enjoyed great success is nothing new, but are the second acts ever as good as those we witness first? One of the world's greatest players, Maradona completed a dream transfer from Argentinos Juniors to Boca in 1981, going on to score 28 times in 40 league games for the club he supported as a boy. With the lure of Europe, a world-record transfer to Barcelona followed, but Maradona finished his career back in Argentina with Boca. However, by that point he was a shadow of his former self, scoring just seven times in 30 appearances from 1995 to 1997. Key stat: Maradona played in 10 Primera Division seasons in his home country, though he ...
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