Tottenham Hotspur revealed: the secret of Gareth Bale’s lightning pace is…
ADVERT or story? The Daily Mail introduces its readers to the secret of Tottenham Hotspur’s star Gareth Bale’s success: socks.
Working in a similar way to a golf glove, the socks have distinctive rectangular, non-slip patches on the outside and inside, which help to stabilise the foot inside the sock and the sock against the boot, allowing the wearer to push off with optimal power so less energy is wasted.
For a player like Bale, whose game is based on lightning pace and, increasingly, the ability to hit powerful shots and free-kicks from distance, this is particularly important.
Now that the secret’s out, everyone will be getting lightning socks.
Cue the nostalgia: Tottenham 2-3 Arsenal, First Division, 10 September 1988. Five goals came in 12 first-half minutes, including Paul Gascoigne losing a boot and scoring in his with his sock.