Gareth Bale Retires From Football Aged 33

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

9 Jan 2023

Former Wales, Tottenham and Real Madrid Forward Gareth Bale has retired from professional football aged 33.

The five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, took to social media to announce his decision.

In a statement released on his social media pages he wrote: “After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football,”

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have realised my dream of playing the sport I love,”

“It has truly given me some of the best moments of my life. The highest of highs over 17 seasons, that will be impossible to replicate, no matter what the next chapter has in store for me,”

“From my very first touch at Southampton to my last with LAFC and everything in between, shaped a club career that I have an immense pride and gratitude for. Playing for and captaining my country 111 times has truly been a dream come true,”

“To show my gratitude to all of those that have played their part along this journey, feels like an impossibility. I feel indebted to many people for helping to change my life and shape my career in a way I couldn’t have ever dreamed of when I first started out at nine years old,”

“To my previous clubs, Southampton, Tottenham, Real Madrid and finally LAFC. All of my previous managers and coaches, back room staff, team mates, all the dedicated fans, my agents, my amazing friends and family, the impact you have had is immeasurable.”

Bale, who spent last season at LAFC in MLS, was part of Wales’ squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after guiding them to their first World Cup in 58 years.