Gareth Bale has just made a shocking announcement. The 33-year-old star announced he had ended his professional playing career.
Gareth Bale announced his retirement from the pitch
“After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my retirement from football at club and national team immediately,” Bale posted on social media on the evening of January 9.
“I feel extremely fortunate to be able to fulfill my dream of playing the sport that I love. It has given me the best moments of my life.”
Bale thanked members of the four clubs he played for, including Southampton, Tottenham, Real Madrid and LAFC, as well as the Wales national team.
The 33-year-old former winger also expressed his gratitude to fans, representatives, friends and family. “You inspire me to be better and make you proud,” Bale wrote to his wife and children.
Impressions in Bale’s playing career
Thus, Bale ended his heroic career at the age of 33. He grew up from Southampton’s youth academy, being promoted to the first team in the 2005/06 season.
After that, Bale joined Tottenham and suddenly became a big star here. He spent 6 seasons with Spurs before being recruited by Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 for 101 million euros – a world record price at that time.
At Real Madrid, Bale has won every noble title that a player dreams of.
He pocketed 3 La Liga titles, 5 Champions Leagues, 3 FIFA Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups, 1 King’s Cup and 1 Spanish Super Cup. In total, Bale made 258 appearances for Los Blancos, contributing 72 goals and 58 assists.
In June 2022, Bale joined the American club Los Angeles. He made 14 appearances for this team, scoring 3 goals before retiring. At the age of 33, Bale hanging up his shoes gives fans a lot of regret.