GARETH BALE may have become a Spurs legend during his six years in North London — but the Welsh star has revealed he idolised Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as a kid.
The Real Madrid star also shared his admiration for manager Ryan Giggs while perusing a selection of the shirts he used to wear in BT Sport's What I Wore series.
The 29-year-old joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007 and became a firm fan favourite before his then-world-record £86million transfer to Real Madrid.
However, the Welsh star risked jeopardising his standing with his old supporters after holding up Henry's Gunners 2002 shirt.
Bale admitted: "I used to watch Arsenal a lot.
"I used to really enjoying watching Henry, and I used to like watching Dennis Bergkamp as well. Tottenham fans wouldn't be happy that I'm holding this!"
I used to shout that I was Giggs, but I didn't quite have the hairy chest!
Bale also revealed he idolised former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs and tried to replicate the Wales manager's iconic 1999 FA Cup winner against Arsenal as a teen.
He added: "(Giggs was) a massive influence. He was my hero growing up, obviously being Welsh, left-footed, I looked up to him a lot, I used to enjoy watching him play.
"Like all kids do, they want to be a player, I used to shout that I was Giggs, but I didn't have quite the hairy chest!"
Bale, who announced himself in the Champions League back in 2010 against Inter Milan, made the headlines with his match-winning performance in last year's final.
Bale scored twice, including a spectacular overhead kick, against Liverpool last June, but the match was also famous for a succession of Loris Karius howlers.
The German keeper was frozen out at Anfield before a disastrous loan move to Besiktas, but Bale revealed he doesn't feel sorry for how his career turned out.
He said: "I'm sure they (Maicon and Karius) wouldn't feel sorry for me if they did the same.
"Obviously, it was unfortunate that he didn't have a great night but for my first goal, I don't think he would have saved it anyway."
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