Welsh striker, Gareth Bale, has confirmed that he is leaving Real Madrid in a statement released today, Wednesday, 1st June.
His departure from the Spanish Liga and Champions league champions has been long expected and came just days after Real Madrid’s 14th Champions League victory in Paris on Saturday.
He was on the bench for the Champions League triumph over Liverpool and has only been a part player this year, with the 2020-21 season spent on loan to former club Tottenham Hotspur.
Bale won three La Liga titles with Real, as well as three Club World Cups and three UEFA Super Cups and the Copa del Rey, since joining from Spurs for a reputed 100 million Euros in 2013.
In a letter, later tweeted to Real Madrid fans, the Welsh forward said: “I write this message to say thank you to all my teammates, past and present, my managers, backroom staff and to the fans that supported me.
“I arrived here nine years ago as a young man who wanted to realise my dream of playing for Real Madrid. To wear the pristine white kit to wear the crest of my chest, to play at the Santiago Bernabeu, to win titles and to be part of what it’s so famous for, to win the Champions League.
“I can now look back, reflect and say with honesty that this dream became a reality and much, much more.
“To be part of this club’s history and to achieve what we achieved while I was a Real Madrid player, has been an incredible experience and one I will never forget.
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) June 1, 2022
“I also want to thank President Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanchez, and the board for giving me the opportunity to play for this club. Together we were able to create some moments that will live forever in the history of this club and football. It has been an honour. Thank you!”
The 32-year-old leaves Real having won 19 titles with the club, including five Champions League titles and three La Liga titles. Bale played 258 games for El Merengue and scored 106 goals
Bale began his professional career at Southampton, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007.
Bale made his international debut for Wales in 2006 and has since earned over 100 caps and scored 38 international goals, making him Wales’ top goalscorer of all time.