Gareth Bale, the 33-year-old captain of Wales, has announced his retirement from football after a successful career. The male player with the most appearances for his country and the top male goal scorer made his decision public on social media.
Bale is perhaps the best footballer to represent Wales, having won the Champions League five times with Real Madrid. Bale won footballer of the year honours twice while playing for Tottenham, in 2010–11 and 2012–13. In September 2013, he left Tottenham for Real for a then-record fee of more than £80 million.
Bale assisted Real Madrid in winning three league titles, five Champions League crowns, three Club World Cups, three Uefa Super Cups, and a Spanish cup during his time in the Spanish capital, the only British player to achieve the feat.