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Gareth Bale
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Real Madrid
Gareth
Bale

Midfielder

Date of Birth
Jul 16, 1989
Place of Birth
Cardiff, Wales
Nationality
Wales
Height
183 cm
Weight
74 kg
Debut
14 September 2013

Bio

Born in Cardiff on 16 July 1989, Gareth Bale began his career as a left back, but is now considered to be one of the world's best wingers. He is known for his speed, stamina, dribbling ability, long-range shooting and set pieces. According to some sources, Bale's transfer to Real Madrid in 2013 cost the Spanish club £85 million, which would make him the most expensive player in the world, although this figure is disputed.

Bale made his debut for Southampton at the age of 16 and quickly developed a reputation as a deadly free kick taker. In 2007, he was named the Football League Young Player of the Year and completed a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the 2007-08 campaign.

Initially, Bale struggled with injuries and played in a total of 24 Premier League matches before he featured in a winning side. He established himself in the team during the 2009-10 season and attracted international attention in 2010-11, especially after scoring a hattrick at the San Siro in a game against Internazionale. He was subsequently named as the PFA Players' Player of the Year for 2010-11. Over the course of the next two campaigns, Bale's strong performances continued and he enjoyed his best goalscoring season for Spurs in 2012-13, managing 26 goals in all competitions. His performances were rewarded when he was named PFA Players' Player of the Year, PFA Young Player of the Year and FWA Player of the Year.

After months of speculation, Bale completed a high-profile transfer to Real Madrid in September 2013. Although his first few months with the club were hindered by injury problems, he quickly found goalscoring form and in November he scored his first hattrick in a Madrid shirt, during a 4-0 against Real Valladolid.

Bale plays international football for Wales and was expected to feature for Great Britain during the 2012 Olympic Games, before injuries forced him to withdraw.

Headlines

Benzema to miss Turin trip

Benzema to miss Turin trip

by Football News

Karim Benzema will miss Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg with Juventus after failing to recover in time from his knee injury... Read more

Bale boost for Real

Bale boost for Real

by Football News

Gareth Bale is set to hand Real Madrid a fitness boost by coming back into contention for Saturday's La Liga trip to Sevilla... Read more

Bale future depends on Perez's whims - Calderon

Bale future depends on Perez's whims - Calderon

by Football News

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon does not expect Gareth Bale to leave the club but says the forward's future will depend "on the whims" of current chief Florentino Perez... Read more

Career

Season Team Comp
2014/2015
La Liga
2402 29 28 1 7 2 13 2 0 0
2013/2014
La Liga
2070 27 24 3 7 4 15 3 0 0
2013/2014
Premier League
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012/2013
Premier League
2925 33 33 0 4 0 21 6 0 0
2011/2012
Premier League
3218 36 36 0 1 0 10 3 0 0
2010/2011
Premier League
2452 30 29 1 4 1 7 1 0 0
2009/2010
Premier League
1708 23 18 5 0 11 3 2 0 0
2008/2009
Premier League
993 16 12 4 4 16 0 2 0 1
2007/2008
Premier League
613 8 8 0 3 0 2 1 0 0
2006/2007
Championship
0 38 38 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
2005/2006
Championship
0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 16381 242 228 14 30 34 76 20 0 1

Transfers & Loans

2013
31 Aug
€ 91,000,000
2007
1 Aug
€ 14,700,000

Games Played