Gareth Bale retires from football at the age of 33
Gareth Bale (Cardiff, 1989) hang up your boots The former Real Madrid player has announced his retirement from football, both at club and national team level, with only 33 years through a double statement.
Bale’s double statement
The official statement of his withdrawal
“After careful and thoughtful consideration, I am announcing my immediate retirement from club and international football. I feel incredibly fortunate to have realized my dream of playing the game I love. It has truly given me some of the best moments of my life. Have been 17 seasons at the highest levelwhich will be impossible to replicate, no matter what the next chapter throws at me.
From my first Southampton gig to my last with LAFC and everything else, I have shaped a career at club level for which I have immense pride and gratitude. Play and captain my country 111 times It has truly been a dream come true.
Showing my gratitude to all those who have played their part along this journey is impossible. I am indebted to many people for helping change my life and shape my career in ways I never could have dreamed of when I started the 9 years.
I want to thank my clubs: Southampton, Tottenham, Real Madrid and finally LAFC. I want to thank all my managers and coaches, staff, teammates, all the fans, my agents, my incredible friends and family… The impact it has had is immeasurable.
I want to thank my parents and my sister, without their dedication in those early days, without such a strong foundation, I would not be writing this statement right now, so thank you for putting me on this path and for your unconditional support.
I want to thank my wife and children, their love and support have sustained me. They have been by my side through all the ups and downs, keeping me grounded along the way. You inspire me to be better and I make you proud.
Now I move on to the next stage of my life. It is a time of change and transition, an opportunity for a new adventure…
The announcement of his farewell to Wales
“My decision to retire from international football has been by far the most difficult of my career.
How do I describe what it means to me to be a part of this country and team? How do I articulate the impact it has had on my life? How can I put into words what I felt, every time I put on that Welsh shirt? My answer is that I couldn’t do any of those things justice, simply with words. But I know that every single person involved in Welsh football feels the magic and is impacted in such a powerful and unique way, so I know you feel what I feel, without using any words.
My journey on the international stage has not only changed my life but also who I am. The fortune of being Welsh and being selected to play and be the captain of wales it has given me something incomparable with everything I have experienced. I am humbled and honored to have been able to play a part in the history of this incredible country, to have felt the support and passion of the red wall, and to have been together in unexpected and amazing places.
I shared a locker room with guys who became brothers and the whole ‘staff’ that became family, I played for the most amazing coaches and felt the undying support and love from the most dedicated fans in the world. Thank you to each of you for being on this journey with me.
So for now I’m taking a step back, but I’m not walking away from the team that lives in me and runs through my veins. After all, the dragon on my shirt is all I need.”