Despite announcing his retirement in January this year, it was not until today that Gareth Bale had the opportunity to say goodbye to the Wales fans.
On January 9, Gareth Bale announced his retirement at the age of 33 after an illustrious and memorable career. Early this morning, Wales had a home match against Latvia in the Euro 2024 qualifying round. Bale arrived at the Cardiff City Stadium to say goodbye to the Welsh fans.
Speaking in front of a crowd of fans in the stands, the player born in 1989 said: “I just want to say, it’s an honor to represent this country in front of the best fans. In the world”.
“Certainly your support is the motivation for me to give my best all this time. I don’t know how to thank you enough, but from the bottom of my heart, I really, really know. Thank you. I may not be playing for the national team anymore, but I hope that you will continue to be with the team.”
“Guys, Welsh football fans, please continue to make this team special. I, like you, will always be with the team. I hope to see you soon in the future. Thank you.”
During his career, Bale has won five Champions League titles, all with Real Madrid. The former Tottenham star also won 3 La Liga titles, 3 FIFA Club World Cups, in addition, he and Los Blancos won the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and King’s Cup.
The winger also led Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Since retiring and turning to golf, Bale has made no secret of his love of the sport throughout his footballing career. .