Gareth Bale, Wales men’s all-time leading goalscorer and a five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, has announced his retirement from football. Bale, one of Britain’s most decorated players, has stepped away from the game midway through his contract at Los Angeles FC, which was due to expire this summer.
Let’s discuss Gareth Bale’s Career achievements and Greatest moments in this thread.
22 trophies, including 5 Champions Leagues
Gareth Bale retires as a legend of the game
Gareth Bale’s official retirement statements…
Gareth Bale, Wales’ all-time top scorer, has won more European Cup / Champions League titles than any other British player in football history.
An incredible career comes to an end.
Gareth Bale scored nine Premier League goals from outside the box during the 2012/13 season, the most ever recorded in a single PL campaign.
Only three men in the awards’ 49-year history have won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award in the same season:
◎ Andy Gray (1976/77)
◎ Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08)
◉ Gareth Bale (2012/13)
And Bale won the 2007 EFL Young Player of the Year.
In 2013, Gareth Bale became the first player in football history to be signed for €100m when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur.
◉ 258 games
◉ 106 goals
◉ 16 trophies
He scored more goals for Los Blancos than R9 and Zizou.
Gareth Bale is the only player in European Cup / Champions League history to score a hat-trick against Internazionale.
The first Spurs player to score a hat-trick in the competition.
◉ 5x Champions League
◉ 3x Club World Cup
◉ 3x Super Cup
◉ 3x LaLiga
◉ 1x Supercopa
◉ 1x Copa del Rey
◉ 1x Supporters’ Shield
◉ 1x MLS Cup
Enjoy retirement, Gareth Bale, and thanks for the memories.
Gareth Bale is Wales’ all-time most-capped player and leading goalscorer.
◉ 111 caps
◉ 41 goals
Why has Gareth Bale retired from playing football?
Bale says he arrived at his decision to retire from football “after careful and thoughtful consideration”, explaining that he had “realised [his] dream”. In his statement, he indicated that his retirement from playing offered “an opportunity for a new adventure”, but it remains unclear what exactly that will be.
He was not struck by a career-ending injury (albeit he has had his fair share over the years) and his most recent deal with LAFC, which was penned in June 2022, was year-long with options to extend it through to 2024, suggesting he was open to prolonging his playing days. Indeed, only a few weeks short ago he was talking about getting ready to come back for Wales’ qualifiers in March.
“I’ll keep going as long as I can and as long as I’m wanted,” he said at the time. “We go again in March. I hope to be involved.”
While 33 is a relatively young age for an elite footballer to retire in this day and age, with many playing on into their late 30s, rumours have swirled around Bale’s future, but that had mostly centered around the international scene. Few expected he would bid farewell to the game entirely so soon.
The football world reacts to Gareth Bale’s retirement
Never forget Gareth Bale’s incredible 2012/13 season
Whenever I come across Gareth Bale’s name, I can’t help but think of this amazing bicycle kick.
Even Ronaldo and Zidane cannot believe the way this goal went into the net.
Gareth Bale leaves behind a legacy
Carlo Ancelotti thanking Gareth Bale for that goal
Julen Lopetegui on Gareth Bale