Gareth Bale thanks Real Madrid and confirms departure: ‘It has been an honour’


Gareth Bale has confirmed his expected departure from Real Madrid in a letter to teammates, staff, and fans at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale, who became the most expensive player in the world when he transferred from Tottenham to Madrid in 2013, expires at the end of this month.

Wales forward played a key role in winning 16 major honors while in Spain, including five UEFA Champions League victories.

Bale scored three UEFA Champions League final goals, including a memorable header against Liverpool in 2018. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (four) has scored more goals.

But the 32-year-old was an unused substitute in Madrid’s most recent victory against Liverpool again on Saturday, taking place in just seven minutes in an epic European campaign.

Limited to just seven games in all competitions after returning from a loan spell at the Spurs, Bale’s debut has been long-awaited.

“I’m writing this message to thank all my teammates past and present, my managers, the backroom team, and the fans who have supported me,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

“I came here nine years ago as a young man who wanted to fulfill my dream of playing for Real Madrid. Wearing the pristine white jersey, wearing the crest on my chest, playing for the Santiago Bernabeu, winning championships, and winning the Champions League is part of what is so famous. be.

“Now I can look back and think and honestly I can say that this dream has come true and it is much, much more.

“Being a part of the history of this club and achieving what we have achieved as a Real Madrid players has been an incredible experience and I will never forget it.

“I also want to thank President Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanchez, and the board of directors for giving me the opportunity to play for this club.

“Together we were able to create moments that will live on forever in the history of this club and football. It was an honor.”

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