Gareth Bale described his time at Real Madrid as an “amazing experience” as he announced his exit from the LaLiga club after a nine-year stay in the Spanish capital on Wednesday (Jun 1).
The 32-year-old was out of contract this summer after joining Real from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013.
Bale, who scored 106 goals in 258 games for Real Madrid, wrote on social media, “I send this message to say thank you to all my teammates, past and present, my managers, the backroom staff, and the fans who supported me.”
“I came to Madrid nine years ago as a young man hoping to fulfill a childhood goal of playing for Real Madrid. Wearing the pristine white kit… playing at the Santiago Bernabeu, winning titles and being a part of what makes it so famous, winning the Champions League.”
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The Welshman will be remembered for scoring twice in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool. This includes a magnificent overhead kick, as well as hitting a brilliant winner against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
Despite winning three LaLiga titles and five Champions League titles during his tenure at Real, Bale’s stint at the club was hampered by injuries
He was also a frequent target of the Spanish press, who dubbed him a “parasite”. This is after he missed Real’s 4-0 home loss to Barcelona in March, and he was booed by some fans during a league match in April.
“Being a part of this club’s history and achieving what we did when I was a Real Madrid player has been an unbelievable experience that I will never forget,” Bale said.
Gareth Frank Bale is widely considered as one of the best wingers of his generation He is as well as one of the greatest Welsh players of all time and the best British player of all time.