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Gareth Bale retires after illustrious career with Tottenham, Real Madrid and LAFC

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Longtime international soccer star Gareth Bale officially announced his retirement on Monday after 18 seasons of playing at the highest level of sport.

Bale, 33, played in the English Premier League with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, La Liga with Real Madrid and one year in MLS with Los Angeles. He also made 111 appearances for his home country of Wales, including two UEFA Euro tournaments as well as the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“From the very first touch at Southampton to the last one at LAFC and everything in between has shaped a club career that I am immensely proud of and grateful for. Playing 111 times for the national team and being the captain of my country was truly a dream come true.” – Bale — said in a message on Twitter. “To express my gratitude to all those who have played a part in this journey seems impossible. I feel indebted to so many people for helping me change my life and build my career in ways I never dreamed of. when I first started at 9 years old.”

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Bale began his professional career at the age of 16 with Southampton where he scored five goals in 40 appearances. He signed for Tottenham two seasons later at the age of 18, where he scored 42 goals in 146 matches between 2007 and 2013. Bale moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013. then a record transfer deal 85.3 million pounds ($104 million) and scored 81 goals in 176 matches for the La Liga club. He returned to Tottenham in 2020 on a one-year loan and has scored 11 goals in 20 appearances. Bale ended his career with Los Angeles last season, where he scored two goals in 12 games.

Bale has won seven club titles in his career: three La Liga titles with Real Madrid in 2016, 2019 and 2022; five UEFA Champions League titles with Real Madrid in 2016–2018 and 2022; and one MLS Cup in 2022. Bale ended his club career with an incredible extra-time header for LAFC that helped the team win the title on penalties.

In terms of his international career, Bale has scored 41 goals in 111 appearances for Wales, including penalties against the United States in the 2022 World Cup group stage.

Gareth Bale ended an incredible career by winning the MLS Cup.  (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Gareth Bale ended an incredible career by winning the MLS Cup. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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