Gareth Bale has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 33. He had a fantastic as well as underrated footballing career. He scored 141 goals and 70 assists in 394 club matches. For Wales, he scored 41 goals and 22 assists in 111 matches is remarkable. He carried Wales to a Euro semi-final as well as a World Cup qualification (the team’s second overall and first since 1958), and it becomes clear why Gareth Bale is a legend.
Bale made the surprise announcement in a social media post on Monday. It brings an end to a career that saw Bale played for Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid and LAFC, while also establishing himself as one of the greatest players in Welsh football history.
Bale was transferred to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a world record transfer fee of £85.1 million (€100.8 million). Being part of the attacking trio called BBC, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Bale helped the club to win the 2013–14 Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League, scoring in both finals. The following season, he won the UEFA Super Cup and scored in a third major final to help the club win the FIFA Club World Cup.
In Spain, Bale won three La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey and five Champions Leagues (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2022).
“After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football,” Bale posted in a message on social media.