Gareth Bale
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Personal information
Full name Gareth Frank Bale
Date of birth 16 July 1989 (1989-07-16) (age 28)
Place of birth    Cardiff, Flag of Wales Wales
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Flag of Spain Real Madrid
Number 11
Youth clubs
Flag of Wales Cardiff Civil Service
England Southampton
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
England Southampton
England Tottenham Hotspur
Flag of Spain Real Madrid
040 00(5)
146 0(42)
088 0(50)   
National team
Flag of Wales Wales U17
Flag of Wales Wales U19
Flag of Wales Wales U21
Flag of Wales Wales
047 0(14)

Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh footballer who plays for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Wales national team as a winger.

Bale began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left back and earning acclaim as a free kick specialist. He moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, for an eventual £7 million fee. During his time at Spurs, managerial and tactical shifts saw him transform into a more offensively-orientated player. From the 2009–10 season, Bale became an integral part of the team, rising to international attention during the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. He was named PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013, and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year in 2011 and 2013.

Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with "tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities". During the 2012–13 season he was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year, the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards.

On 1 September 2013, he was transferred to Spanish team Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee. The Spanish press (and Real Madrid TV) reported £77 million (€91 million), while the English press reported a world record transfer fee of £85.3 million (€100 million), which would be above Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer record fee of £80 million (€94 million).

In December 2013, Bale was ranked by The Guardian as the seventh-best footballer in the world.



Southampton Academy
Tottenham Hotspur
Real Madrid


  • Football League Championship PFA Team of the Year: 2006–07
  • Football League Young Player of the Year: 2007
  • FAW Young Player of the Year: 2007
  • Tottenham Hotspur Young Player of the Year: 2009–10,> 2010–11
  • Wales Player of the Year Award: 2010, 2013, 2014
  • BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year: 2010
  • BBC Wales Carwyn James Junior Sportsman of the Year: 2006
  • Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2010–11, |2011–12, 2012–13
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 2012–13
  • PFA Players' Player of the Year: 2010–11, 2012–13
  • PFA Young Player of the Year: 2012–13
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2011, 2013
  • Premier League Player of the Month: April 2010, January 2012, February 2013

External links

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Real Madrid C.F. squad - 2017-18

1. Navas 2. Carvajal 3. Pepe 4. Ramos 5. Varane 6. Nacho 7. Ronaldo 8. Kroos 9. Benzema 10. Rodríguez 11. Bale 12. Marcelo 13. Casilla 14. Casemiro 15. Coentrão 16. Kovačić 17. Vázquez 18. Mariano 19. Modrić 20. Asensio 21. Morata 22. Isco 23. Danilo 25. Yáñez

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Wales – UEFA Euro 2016 – semi-finalists

1. Hennessey 2. Gunter 3. Taylor 4. Davies 5. Chester 6. A. Williams 7. Allen 8. King 9. Robson-Kanu 10. Ramsey 11. Bale 12. Fôn Williams 13. G. Williams 14. Edwards 15. Richards 16. Ledley 17. Cotterill 18. Vokes 19. Collins 20. J. Williams 21. Ward 22. Vaughan 23. Church

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