Feature: Bale, Hamšik draw swords for Euro 2016 duel

Distinctive haircut? Check. Multiple national player of the year awards? Check. Feared attacker with a vicious shot and the freedom to roam all over the pitch? Check, check, check. Gareth Bale and Marek Hamšik would be able to reflect upon the many things they have in common were they not lining up against each other for Wales and Slovakia in tomorrow’s Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux. The two players — topknot-sporting Bale, 26, and mohican-crested Hamsik, 28 — inspired their respective countries to qualify for a European Championship finals for the first time and the outcome of the match may boil down to which of the two players comes out on top.

A piece on Gareth Bale and Marek Hamšik, who face off in Bordeaux on Saturday. Read it here.

Related link: Wales fans’ journey reaches Euro 2016 destination

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