The future of Wales striker Gareth Bale has been of great interest over the past few years as his contract with Real Madrid began to expire. But now he’s on his way to Major League Soccer… with LAFC!

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Bale’s career in Spain, the most expensive player of all time in 2013 when he moved from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for โ‚ฌ100m ($106m three UEFA Super Cups and one Copa del Rey) and controversy (mainly due to for his injuries, alleged lack of commitment to the club and love of golf).

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As his contract, which costs the club around โ‚ฌ60m a season, making him one of the top five highest-paid players in the world, expires this summer, sources told Sportzshala the 32-year-old was poised to retire. away from football if Wales had failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. But Wales beat Ukraine 1-0 to secure last UEFA play-off spot and open their tournament against the United States on November 21st.

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As a result, Bale needed a new club to keep fit until November and this involved a return to Wales with Cardiff City in the Premier League.

But the lure of Los Angeles loomed large, and Bale decided to move to the City of Angels following Italian veteran and Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, who did so earlier this month.

Here’s how social media reacted to the news, and also take a look at Bale’s influence on the game.

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Bale confirms his move

Always destined for MLS?

Life in the USA is good

jokes about golf

Bale’s most memorable moments so far

This goal

It helps

This run

Bale’s impact on football

Key Statistics (via Sportzshala Stats & Info)

– He scored 106 goals in 258 games for RealMadrid
– 71 goals in 237 games for Tottenham
– 5 goals in 45 games for Southampton

– He has won 19 major awards with Real Madrid, including 5 UEFA Champions League titles. The only player in history to have more league titles is Paco Gento (6).

– He is Wales’ top scorer (39 goals in 105 games) but has yet to play in the World Cup final of his career.

– He will be the sixth Welshman to play in MLS.