Gareth Bale retires from professional football at 33

Welsh striker Gareth Bale announced the end of his club and country career on Monday, aged 33 and after 17 seasons as a professional player.

“After careful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from the club and the national football team,” wrote the former Real Madrid striker, five-time champion of the Champions League, who ended his football career on his social media. Angeles FC.

The explosive striker won fifteen titles during his nine years in Madrid: three Leagues (2017, 2020, 2022), a Spanish Cup (2014) and five Champions Leagues (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022).

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Real fans probably remember his performance in the C1 final in 2018, when he scored twice against Liverpool (3-1), including a beautiful acrobatic comeback.

Before those years in Madrid, Bale had forged his legend in the Premier League with the shirt of Tottenham (2007-2013 and then 2020-2021 on loan), accumulating spectacular and solitary goals.

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Adored in Wales, he ended his career with the red shirt spiked by the dragon, at the 2022 World Cup. Top scorer and most capped player (110) in the history of the Welsh national team (41), he managed to bring his country back to the World Cup, 64 years after they last qualified for the world cup.

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