Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale earns 100th Wales cap in Belarus win

Sean Walsh
Bale played the first half in Cardiff
Bale played the first half in Cardiff / Huw Fairclough/GettyImages

Gareth Bale became just the second player to earn 100 caps for Wales when he started his side's 5-1 World Cup qualifying win over Belarus on Saturday.

Charlton Athletic defender Chris Gunter is the only man to have represented Wales more times than Bale - who is already his nation's all-time leading goalscorer.

The Real Madrid forward played 45 minutes in Wales' win on Saturday as they moved to within a point of securing second place in their World Cup qualifying group - a play-off place has already been secured thanks to their Nations League finish.

Aaron Ramsey gave the Dragons an early lead in Cardiff, before Bale provided an assist for Neco Williams to double their advantage soon after.

Bale was replaced by Nottingham Forest winger Brennan Johnson at half time, and Ramsey added a third from the spot just after the interval.

Spurs defender Ben Davies scored Wales' fourth and Artem Kontsevoy grabbed a consolation for Belarus, before Connor Roberts wrapped up proceedings.

Rob Page's side are three points clear of the Czech Republic with just one game left to play in Group E. Their last match comes at home to table-toppers Belgium on Tuesday.

Bale made his senior Wales debut as a 16-year-old back in 2006 and has gone on to have a glittering career with the national side.

He led Wales to their first major tournament in 58 years by qualifying for Euro 2016, making a memorable run to the semi-finals and only falling to eventual winners Portugal.

While they failed to reach the World Cup in 2018, Wales did secure a place at Euro 2020 and reached the round of 16.

Bale has scored more goals than anyone in the history of the Welsh national team, finding the back of the net 36 times - eight more than his nearest challenger, Ian Rush.