Wales Captain, Gareth Bale has announced his retirement from football at the age of 33 after a glittering career.
The nation’s most-capped men’s player with 111 appearances announced his decision on social media.
Bale, a five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid is arguably Wales’ finest ever footballer.
He said it was After careful and thoughtful consideration that he announced his immediate retirement from club and international football and felt incredibly fortunate to have realised his dream of playing the sport he loves.
Cardiff-born Bale’s club career took him from Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid before his move to Los Angeles.
He was his country’s talisman as they reached the 2016 and 2020 Euros before he led Wales at their first World Cup since 1958 at Qatar 2022.
Wales went out of the tournament at the group stage, with their loss to England proving to be the final appearance of Bale’s career.
Bale joined Southampton as a schoolboy and made his debut for the Saints as a 16-year-old in April 2006.
His first senior cap followed a matter of weeks later, making Bale Wales’ youngest international – although that record has since been broken. DAILY TRUST