"Beauty is not the goal of competitive sports, but high-level sports are a prime venue for the expression of human beauty. The relation is roughly that of courage to war.”
“Inspiration, though, is contagious, and multiform — and even just to see, close up, power and aggression made vulnerable to beauty is to feel inspired and (in a fleeting, mortal way) reconciled.”
- David Foster Wallace
Gareth Bale signed for Real Madrid today. I will miss watching him play regularly but will savour the memories I have of his time at Spurs.
What is special about these memories and indeed what makes him a unique player, is how he is capable of transcending any role he is given and any game he plays in. What is a genius if not someone who can operate outside of assumed parameters, and who can teach us all that new and exciting things are possible? That is what Gareth did on a number of occasions as a Spurs player and that is why he is ultimately irreplaceable.