17 Jun 2022 | 08:35 | Football
Gareth Bale Writing a farewell letter to Real Madrid on Wednesday, the Welshman ended his nine-year spell at the Spanish club, where he said his “dream has come true”. Bale will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of June, and the 32-year-old has yet to confirm what he will do next. His future likely depends on whether Wales qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, with retirement being a possible option should they miss out. “I’m writing this message to say thank you to all of my teammates, past and present, my managers, the staff behind and the fans who have supported me.” Bale wrote in a letter to Real Madrid, posted on social media in both English and Spanish.
“I came here 9 years ago as a young man who wanted to realize his dream of playing for Real Madrid. Wearing a pure white football shirt, badge on his chest, playing at the Santiago Bernabeu, Win trophies and be a part of what it’s so famous for, to win the Champions League.
“I can now look back, reflect, and honestly say that this dream has come true and much more.
“Being part of the history of this club and achieving what we achieved when I was a Real Madrid player has been an incredible experience and one that I will never forget.
“I would also like to thank the president Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanchez and the board of directors for giving me the opportunity to play for this club. Together we have created some moments that will live on in the history of the club. This club and football. It has been an honor.”
After joining Madrid from Tottenham for 100 million euros in 2013, Bale went on to win 16 major trophies with Real Madrid, including 5 Champions Leagues, 3 La Ligas and 1 Copa del Rey.
He has also won three Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups and one Spanish Super Cup.
More than his trophies, Bale will be remembered for some breathtaking moments, including his two goals coming off the bench against Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev. , the first table came from a beautiful reverse bike kick.
He scored another hugely important goal in the 2014 Champions League final in Lisbon, his header in the post put Real Madrid ahead of Atletico Madrid in extra time, as they won the trophy. The club’s long-awaited 10th Europe.
Perhaps most memorable was Bale’s unbelievable solo goal at the Mestalla to win the 2014 Copa del Rey final against Barcelona.
However, Bale’s popularity with Real Madrid fans has plummeted in recent years as injuries and a lack of commitment have pushed him to the edge of the first team.
An icy relationship with the Spanish press has damaged his reputation, with aspects of his personal life – including his passion for golf and his lack of fluency in Spanish. – is increasingly used to support the idea that he has lost interest in a career at Real Madrid.
Matters exploded in 2019 after Bale celebrated Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification by standing behind a flag that read: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”
Despite his heroics in the 2018 Champions League final, Bale’s role fell dramatically that season under Zidane and his influence continued to dwindle even as new coaches like Julen Lopetegui, Santiago Solari, Zidane return and most recently, Carlo Ancelotti, have charged the batteries.
Last season, Bale played just five times in La Liga and seven minutes in the Champions League, again saving his best for Wales, when he scored a hat-trick against Belarus in September and then twice. Austria in March to keep its place in the World Cup. hope to live.
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