Gareth Bale announces his retirement! —

End clap for Gareth Bale

To everyone’s surprise, Gareth Bale announced his retirement with « immediate effect ». The former Real Madrid player will therefore no longer wear the Los Angeles FC tunic and will no longer play any professional match, whether at club or with his national team. Wales will therefore have to do without the striker now and this is certainly bad news a few weeks after the failure in the World Cup.

On social networksGareth Bale revealed the news on Monday.« I feel incredibly lucky to have achieved my dream of playing the sport I love, » he wrote in a statement. This sport has given me some of the best times of my life. I lived the greatest moments of my life for 17 seasons, and it will be impossible for me to reproduce them, whatever the next chapter awaits me” he said before adding.

“From my very first contact at Southampton to my last with LAFC (Los Angeles Football Club), and everything in between, has shaped a club career of which I am extremely proud and grateful. Playing football and captaining my country 111 times has truly been a dream come true. Showing my gratitude to everyone who has played their part throughout this journey seems impossible to me. I am indebted to many people who have helped change my life and shape my career in ways I never could have dreamed of when I started at 9 years old. »

Gareth Bale with Real Madrid (Icon Sport)
Gareth Bale with Real Madrid (Icon Sport)

A successful career

During his career, Gareth Bale won trophies with Real Madrid. Many La Liga titles but above all five Champions League. An impressive track record that makes him one of the legends of the Spanish club. With Wales, the success was less present with only a semi-finalist place at Euro 2016.

There is no doubt that the Welshman will have left his mark in modern football, notably with his 185 goals and 135 assists for the club.

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