Gareth Bale retires from professional football. The decision has been made and announced via his Twitter account on January 9th.
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Bale has been a servant of Wales football. Cardiff-born Bale’s club career took him from Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur and a world record transfer to Spanish giants Real before his move to Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC in June 2022. He ends his career at Los Angeles FC.
Gareth Bales announces his retirement officially
After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football.
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I feel incredibly fortunate to have realised my dream of playing the sport I love. It has truly given me some of the best moments of my life. The highest of highs over 17 seasons, that will be impossible to replicate, no matter what the next chapter has in store for me.
11 From my very first touch at Southampton to my last with LAFC and everything in between, shaped a club career that I have an immense pride and gratitude for. Playing for
and captaining my country 111 times has truly been a dream come true.
To show my gratitude to all of those that have played their part along this journey, feels like an impossibility. I feel indebted to many people for helping to change my life and shape my career in a way I couldn’t have ever dreamed of when I first started out at 9 years old.
To my previous clubs, Southampton, Tottenham, Real Madrid and finally LAFC. All of my previous managers and coaches, back room staff, team mates, all the dedicated fans, my agents, my amazing friends and family, the impact you have had is immeasurable.
My parents and my sister, without your dedication in those early days, without such a strong foundation, I wouldn’t be writing this statement right now, so thank you for putting me on this path and for your unwavering support.
My wife and my children, your love and support has carried me through. Right beside me for all the highs and lows, keeping me grounded along the way. You inspire me to be better, and to make you proud.
So, I move on with anticipation to the next stage of my life. A time of change and transition, an opportunity for a new
He ends the note with “Thanks to all my former clubs, it’s time for the next stage of my life”.
Gareth Bale Career Stats
Gareth Bale made 166 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. He has scored 53 goals and made 22 assists. Bale won the player of the season award in the 2012-2013 season.
UEFA Champions League
Bale played for Real Madrid from 2014-2021 and scored 11 goals in 45 games.
The former captain of Wales played 45 matches and scored 26 goals and made 10 assists.