Former Wales, Real Madrid and Tottenham striker Gareth Bale has retired from football at the age of 33.

Former Wales, Real Madrid and Tottenham striker Gareth Bale has retired from football.

The 33-year-old has completed a brilliant career as one of Britain’s greatest players, winning five Champions League titles and playing in the World Cup for Wales in Qatar.

He was European champion with Madrid in 2014, 16, 17, 18 and last year before ending his club career helping Los Angeles win the Major League Soccer title.

The Welshman played a record 111 matches for his country and scored a record 41 times.

He made the announcement on social media, saying the decision was “by far the most difficult” of his career.

“My journey on the international stage has changed not only my life, but who I am,” said Bale.

“It is a great honor and humility for me that I was able to play my part in the history of this incredible country, feel the support and passion of the red wall and visit unexpected and amazing places together.”

Bale started out as a Southampton left-back before joining Tottenham in 2007 for six years before spending another year with Spurs on loan from Madrid in 2020/21.

He scored 53 goals in the Premier League and 81 in La Liga. He has won three Spanish league titles, one Spanish Cup and one English League Cup title.

Only one player – former Real Madrid star Paco Gento – has won more European Cup/Champions League titles than Bale.

Madrid called Bale “a legend of our club and world football”.

“Gareth Bale was part of our team at one of the most successful stages in our history and forever represents many of the highlights of the last decade,” the Spanish club said in a statement. Madrid specifically mentioned his kind goal in the 2014 and 18 Champions League finals and his solo goal against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final when he ran down the left flank, even off the pitch through the coaches’ technical areas. .