A few weeks after Wales’ qualifier for the first round of the 2022 World Cup, Gareth Bale (33) announced on Monday that he was ending his playing career.
If the end of the international career of the former Real Madrid player is not really a surprise, the media did not expect him to hang up his boots for good. Bale did indeed play the last game of his football career against England on November 29 at the last World Cup (0-3). “I feel incredibly lucky to have achieved my dream of playing the sport I love. 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 wrote in a statement.
A ruined career
Despite his XXL record (4 Champions Leagues, 4 Liga, 3 Club World Cups, 2 European Super Cups, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Spanish Cup, 1 MLS league title), the Welsh striker will leave a very mixed memory to Real Madrid supporters for his lack of professionalism and involvement during his last years spent in the Spanish capital. This will not prevent the main interested party from turning the page with a smile.
“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 immensely proud and grateful. Playing football and captaining my country 111 times has truly been a dream come true”, he continued. At the end of his contract last June with Real Madrid, Bale chose to join Los Angeles FC in MLS.