The Welsh forward has announced his retirement from football recent
Gareth Bale has declared his retirement from football at the age of 33, having accomplished everything as a football player well before. Bale had experienced unforgettable moments on the football field.
Spanning from his solo goal against Barcelona in 2014 to his bicycle goal against Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final. The Welsh has many iconic scenes, and he will be recognized for them eternally in football.
“After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from the club and international football.”
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have realized my dream of playing the sport I love,” Bale said.
A remarkable club career
Bale commenced a shimmering football career that emerged at Southampton where he made a tremendous perception that saw Tottenham attracting the player worth £10m in 2007 where he developed over time to become one of the greatest players, although the Welshman started his career as a left-back but subsequently changed to left-winger due to his burst of space and ability to frustrate two-three defenders.
And from there, his prestige climbed in Europe, that saw Real Madrid make his world record signing, where he joined the LaLiga club for a fee of £86 million, and his period at Real Madrid further flourished his reputation in Europe, where he established a significant element of the Real Madrid squad that won three Champions Leagues in a row, and formed one of the best BBC trios (Bale, Benzema, and Ronaldo).
However, the 33-year-time old’s at the club appeared to be winding down, with recurrent injuries and relentless criticism from fans and journalists weighing heavily on his decision to quit Real Madrid.
Bale rejoined Tottenham on loan and returned to prominence, but a return to Real Madrid disrupted his season, and he spent the majority of the 2021-22 year on the bench until joining MLS team Los Angeles FC in June 2022.
Inspired Wales to first-ever World Cup tournament since 1938
Currently, the former Tottenham Hotspur player is Wales’ all-time leading scorer.
When Gareth Bale made his debut for Wales, he changed the course of the country’s history. The 33-year-old led them to their first-ever Euro semi-finals in 2016 and 2020, which was accompanied by another historic turning point in Wales’ heritage: reaching the FIFA World Cup in 2022 for the first time since 1958.
It was a momentous occasion for a country like Wales, which had never advanced so far in international competition, but Bale wanted to make sure he captured incredible moments with his national team before retiring.
Gareth club career record
Los Angles FC
Gareth Bale’s international record
Gareth Bale’s overall career record
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Gareth Bale: List of individual awards and trophies won
Trophies won with Southampton
Although Bale joined Southampton as a youngster and couldn’t help the Saints to any top achievement.
Trophies won with Tottenham
While at Tottenham, Bale matured into a phenomenal player and most of his growth has been at Spurs where he became one of the quality players in Europe. During his time at Tottenham, the Wels helped the club to Carabao which remains the only trophy up to date.
Carabao Cup winner (1): 2008
Trophies won with Real Madrid
His exploits saw him join Real Madrid where he achieved every trophy in football, with five Champions League, as he scored two goals in the finals of 2013-14 and 2017-18. The bicycle goals against Liverpool in the final remain one of the best of his career alongside his solo goal in Copa del Rey against Barcelona in 2013-14.
La Liga (3): 2016-17, 2019-20, 2021-2022
Spanish Cup winner (1): 2013-14
Spanish Super Cup winner (3): 2017-18, 2019-2020, 2021-22
UEFA Cup winner (3): 2014-15, 2016-17, 2017-2018
Club World Cup winner (4): 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
Champions League winner (5): 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2021-22
Trophies won with Los Angels FC
Ha then Joined the MLS league where he played for a year in Los Angeles, and managed to collect two trophies.
MLS Cup Champions (1): 2021-22
Supporters’’ Shield Winner (1): 2021-22
Individual honours for Gareth Bale
FIFA Club World Cup top-scorer: 2017-18
Tottenham player of the year: 2012-13
Wales football player of the year (6): 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 2015, 2016
PFA Player’s Player of the Year: 2010-12, 2012-13
UEFA Team of the Year (2): 2011, 2013
PFA Team of the Year: 2006-07, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
PFA Young Player of the Year: 2012-13
Premier League Player of the Season: 2012-13