The global superstar just wants to be a role model
As he prepares for what he’s already dubbed as Wales’ ‘biggest ever game’ Gareth Bale hasn’t lost sight of the bigger picture.
As Wales move into uncharted territory of a European Championships quarter final, Bale insists it’s all about inspiring the next generation of youngsters to play the game.
The Real Madrid superstar, who was pictured on the pitch with his three-year-old daughter after Saturday's win over Northern Ireland, said: “We want to be role models and get other kids playing.
“It is about the next generation and inspiring people.”
And his manager Chris Coleman echoes a similar sentiment on the eve of Wales’ Euro 2016 clash with Belgium, by saying: “Whatever happens, the journey does not end here.”
As football has firmly found its place at the forefront of the national psyche, FAW Trust CEO Neil Ward is already looking to the future and how Wales can satisfy the public appetite for tournament football in future.
He said: “Everyone you speak to is talking about football. It has captured their imagination.
“It’s great to see Wales truly on the international stage. It’s been beyond the wildest dreams.
“Our size is a weakness but also our strength. You can develop that club ethos which players like.
“What has been achieved is by design and not default and, in terms of the quality of players coming through, the future looks healthy.”
Wales v Belgium kicks off at 8pm (UK time) on Friday