Gareth Bale retires and says: “It’s time for the next phase of my life”

Gareth Bale retired from professional football at the age of 33.

The Welsh legend is leaving the game after making 111 appearances for his country and scoring 41 goals – both records for the Dragons. Bale also won La Liga three times with Real Madrid and the Champions League five times, scoring in two of the finals and winning the trophy in his home city of Cardiff.

“After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football,” said Bale. Twitter (opens in new tab)adding: “I feel incredibly lucky to have realized my dreams of playing the sport I love. It really has given me some of the best moments of my life.

Gareth Bale played in two spells for Tottenham Hotspur and returned on loan from Real Madrid during the lockdown (Image credit: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“It feels like an impossibility to show my gratitude to everyone who played a part in this journey. I feel grateful to many people who have helped change my life and shape my career.”

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