#4. Gareth Bale
A teenage wonderkid, Gareth Bale had the whole country talking before Tottenham Hotspur snapped him up from Southampton. At Spurs he was played at left-back and struggled to make an impact. Indeed the club didn’t win in the first 25 that Bale was in the team, and there were rumours he was going to be sold. Gareth Bale, to his credit, never stopped believing himself. A switch to the left wing brought out the best in him and he became a global megastar. From close to failure to a Real Madrid and national hero, a sporting lesson in how you should never give up.