Gareth Bale Biography

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid. This biography profiles his childhood, life, football career, achievements and gives some interesting facts.

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Also Known As: Gareth Frank Bale

Famous as: Footballer

Nationality: British

Birth Date: July 16, 1989

Age: 28 Years

Sun Sign: Cancer

Height: 1.83 m

Born in: Cardiff, United Kingdom

father: Frank Bale

mother: Debbie Bale

Spouse/Partner: Emma Rhys-Jones

children: Alba Violet Bale

Net worth: $95.7 million as of Apr 25, 2017

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education: Whitchurch High School

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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 in the history of the game, 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 only the 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 of the big matches, Bale has won several awards and honors in his very 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 is on the field.

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Gareth Bale
Childhood & Early Life
  • Gareth Frank Bale was born on 16th July, 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 at 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 attracted the attention of the authorities for his athletic skills. Apart from football, he was a regular in the rugby and hockey field as well, excelling in both these sports. By the time that he graduated high school in 2005, he had won the Cardiff & Vale Senior Cup and the school award for services to sport.
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Career
  • Just a year after passing high school, Bale was drafted into the Southampton football club in 2006, thus becoming the second youngest player in the history of the club. He scored his first club goal against Derby County in a 2-2 draw.
  • While at Southampton, Bale won the BBC Wales Young Sports Personality of the Year. He was seen as a free kick specialist at the time, scoring three of his five goals for the club from free kicks. He represented Southampton in 45 games; the last one being against Derby County on May 12, 2007.
  • Within two weeks, he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur in a 5 million pounds deal. He made an immediate impact, scoring three goals in his first four outings for the team, including one against a strong Arsenal team.
  • 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 effectively ruled him out for the rest of the season. He came back to the team in the next season after signing a new 4 year deal with the club but remained in the sidelines for most of the season because of indifferent form.
  • He underwent a knee surgery the following year and came back to the field strongly afterwards. He went on to score key goals against various opponents including Arsenal and Chelsea, which won the Spurs a place in the Champions League qualification in 2009.
  • 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 and recognition, including PFA Players’ ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Young Player of the Year’, as well as the ‘FWA Player of the Year’, thus becoming the only second player in history to win all three in one season (2012-13). In all, Bale played 203 games for the Spurs and scored 55 times.
  • 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 of 2014, it was revealed to be 100.8 million Euros, which was a world record at the time, surpassing Christiano Ronaldo’s 94 million.
  • Bale impressed his new team and fans by scoring a goal on his debut against Villarreal. However, his season was plagued by injuries and he missed some major games thereafter, playing only five of Real’s next sixteen games.
  • Once he was fit, Bale continued to impress with his performance, which earned him the nickname, ‘The Cannon’. The most notable goal during this period came against archrivals Barcelona in the final of 2014 Copa del Rey. He also scored the winning goal against neighbors Atletico Madrid in the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final.
  • The next season saw a dip in form for Bale. He did contribute to the team’s success, scoring and assisting at multiple occasions. His habit of scoring in finals did not go away either as he scored the final goal against San Lorenzo which helped his club win the Club World Cup.
  • The 2015-16 season was a good one for Bale. He was a regular starter for the team and an integral part of his team’s success. He scored two hat-tricks in the season, against Rayo Vallecano and Deportivo de La Coruna and took his goal tally in La Liga to 43, surpassing Gary Linekar as the highest scoring British player in La Liga in the process.
  • The 2016-17 season started with Bale signing a new agreement with the club which extended his stay at Madrid till 2022. Although he was plagued with an ankle injury for a major portion of the season, he started for Real in 19 games, one of them being the Final of the 2017 UEFA Champions League. In all, he has appeared for Real on 150 occasions, scoring 67 times.
  • Bale has been a part of the Wales National football team since 2005-2006, when he was just 16 years old, making him the youngest player to play for Wales at the time. Although, he was eligible to play for England as well, he chose to stick with Wales. He has represented Wales on 65 occasions, scoring 26 goals, only two goals behind the leading Welsh goal-scorer of all time, Ian Rush.
  • Bale was also set to represent Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics. There was a controversy at the time with the Welsh football association, who chose not to be a part of the Great Britain team. Bale was ready to defy his national association to be a part of the GB team but eventually, he had to pull out of the tournament due to a back injury.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Bale lives with his long time girlfriend and now fiancée, Emma Rhys-Jones, in Madrid. The couple has two daughters, Alba Violet and Nava Valentina, born in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
  • He has endorsed many global companies in his decade long career, including Adidas and EA Sports. In fact, he was on the cover of EA Sport’s most popular game, FIFA 14, along with Lionel Messi.
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Net Worth
  • According to Forbes magazine, Gareth Bale has a net worth of $34 millions.
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