Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh footballer who plays for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Wales national team as a winger.
Bale began his professional career at Southampton, playing at left back and earning acclaim as a free kick specialist. He moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007, for an eventual £7 million fee. During his time at Spurs, managerial and tactical shifts saw him transform into a more offensive player. From the 2009–10 season, Bale became an integral part of the team, rising to international attention during the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. In 2011 and 2013 he was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year, and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year. In 2013 he was also named PFA Young Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year.
1. I ALWAYS BELIEVED IN MY ABILITY, BUT I THINK IN ANY SPORT YOU NEED THAT LITTLE BIT OF LUCK.
2. I DON’T GO OUT, SO I DON’T GET ATTENTION FROM GIRLS. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE POSTERS OF ME ON THEIR WALLS. I JUST TRY TO GET ON WITH MY LIFE.
3. I THINK LA LIGA IS THE BEST LEAGUE IN THE WORLD.
4. I’M A PROUD WELSHMAN.
5. I PLAY COMPUTER GAMES, WATCH TV AND DO WHAT NORMAL PEOPLE DO.
6. I’VE CERTAINLY NOT GOT ANY FAMOUS PEOPLE’S NUMBERS ON MY PHONE. IT’S JUST NOT MY THING, REALLY.
7. THERE SEEMS TO BE THIS THING IN FOOTBALL WHERE EVERYTHING HAS TO BE… NOW!
8. I’D SAY THAT SPANISH FOOTBALL IS PROBABLY THE BEST I’VE SEEN.