Born In: Cardiff, Wales
When someone plays for one of the biggest football clubs on the planet, there is understandably much curiosity surrounding them among the fans. And if that player attracts the highest transfer fee as of 2016, then you know that we are talking about none other than the charismatic Welsh and Real Madrid footballer, Gareth Frank Bale. Renowned throughout the world for his speed and accuracy, Bale has carved a niche for himself playing in a club that boasts of several top players in the world. ‘The Real Madrid’ star has been playing professional football for more than a decade now and has astonished millions of people with his skills. A player for the big matches, Bale has won several awards and honors in his illustrious career. Playing alongside some of the biggest names in the world at the moment, he has not let them overshadow his talent by playing brilliant football whenever he gets on the field.
Also Known As: Gareth Frank Bale
Spouse/Ex-: Emma Rhys-Jones
father: Frank Bale
mother: Debbie Bale
children: Alba Violet Bale
Born Country: Wales
City: Cardiff, Wales
Gareth Frank Bale was born on July 16, 1989, in Cardiff, Wales, to Frank and Debbie Bale. His father, a caretaker in a local school, and his mother, a local operations manager, enrolled him at the ‘Eglwys Newydd Primary School’ in Whitchurch, where he was spotted by the scouts from the Southampton football club. He was just nine years old at that time.
After finishing his primary education, Bale went to the ‘Whitchurch High School,’ where he caught the attention of the authorities, thanks to his athletic skills. Apart from football, he was a regular in the rugby and hockey fields as well, excelling in all three sports. By the time he graduated high school in 2005, he had won the ‘Cardiff & Vale Senior Cup’ and the school award for services to sport.
However, the tide turned against Bale after he sustained an injury in a league game against ‘Birmingham City.’ It turned out to be ligament damage on the right ankle which ruled him out for the rest of the season. He rejoined the team in the next season after signing a new four-year deal with the club. However, he remained in the sidelines for most of the season because of indifferent form.
Bale stayed with the ‘Spurs’ for the next three seasons, scoring at crucial times against key oppositions. Unfortunately, the ‘Spurs’ could not win any major title during that period. Bale, however, was highly impressive and won many awards, including PFA Players’ ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Young Player of the Year’ as well as the ‘FWA Footballer of the Year,’ thus becoming only the second player in the history to win all three major awards in one season (2012-13). In all, Bale played 203 games for the ‘Spurs’ and scored 55 goals.
Other clubs had been showing interest in him for quite some time, and finally in the latter half of 2013, he decided to join ‘Real Madrid.’ It was a six-year agreement, but the fee was not disclosed at the time. Speculations were ripe about the amount that ‘Real Madrid’ had paid for Bale, and finally in January 2016, it was revealed to be 100.8 million Euros, which was a world record at the time, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s 94 million.
Bale has been a part of the Wales national football team since the 2005-2006 season, when he was just 16 years old. At the time, he was the youngest player to play for Wales. Although he was eligible to play for England as well, he chose to stick with Wales. As of 2019, he has represented Wales on 79 occasions, scoring 32 goals, surpassing the previous leading Welsh goal-scorer of all time, Ian Rush. He surpassed Rush after scoring his first international hat-trick in the 2018 ‘China Cup’ against China.
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