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Gareth Bale
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Personal information
Full name Gareth Frank Bale
Date of birth 16 July 1989 (1989-07-16) (age 31)
Place of birth    Cardiff, Flag of Wales Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club England Tottenham Hotspur
(on loan from Real Madrid)
Number 9
Youth clubs

2005–2006
Flag of Wales Cardiff Civil Service
England Southampton
Senior clubs
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2006–2007
2007–2013
2013–
2020–
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England Tottenham Hotspur
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National team
2005–2006
2006
2006–2008
2006–
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Flag of Wales Wales U21
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Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and captains the Wales national team. Renowned for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace, Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with "tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities".

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 offensively-orientated 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. He was named PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013, and was named in the UEFA Team of the Year in 2011 and 2013.

Bale has received plaudits from his peers, who have described him as a footballer with "tremendous speed, great crossing ability, a great left foot and exceptional physical qualities". During the 2012–13 season he was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year, the PFA Players' Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards.

On 1 September 2013, he was transferred to Spanish team Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee. The Spanish press (and Real Madrid TV) reported £77 million (€91 million), while the English press reported a world record transfer fee of £85.3 million (€100 million), which would be above Cristiano Ronaldo's transfer record fee of £80 million (€94 million).

In December 2013, Bale was ranked by The Guardian as the seventh-best footballer in the world.

Honours

Clubs

Southampton Academy
Tottenham Hotspur
Real Madrid

Individual

  • Football League Championship PFA Team of the Year: 2006–07
  • Football League Young Player of the Year: 2007
  • FAW Young Player of the Year: 2007
  • Tottenham Hotspur Young Player of the Year: 2009–10,> 2010–11
  • Wales Player of the Year Award: 2010, 2013, 2014
  • BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year: 2010
  • BBC Wales Carwyn James Junior Sportsman of the Year: 2006
  • Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2010–11, |2011–12, 2012–13
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 2012–13
  • PFA Players' Player of the Year: 2010–11, 2012–13
  • PFA Young Player of the Year: 2012–13
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2011, 2013
  • Premier League Player of the Month: April 2010, January 2012, February 2013

External links

Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. squad - 2020–21

1 Lloris · 2 Doherty · 3 Reguilón · 4 Alderweireld · 5 Højbjerg · 6 Sánchez · 7 Son · 8 Winks · 9 Bale · 10 Kane · 11 Lamela · 12 Hart · 15 Dier · 17 Sissoko · 18 Lo Celso · 19 Sessegnon · 20 Alli · 21 Foyth · 22 Gazzaniga · 23 Bergwijn · 24 Aurier · 25 Tanganga · 27 Lucas · 28 Ndombele · 30 Gedson · 33 Davies · 41 Whiteman · 47 Clarke ·  Carter-Vickers ·  Rose ·

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Wales – UEFA Euro 2016 – semi-finalists

1. Hennessey 2. Gunter 3. Taylor 4. Davies 5. Chester 6. A. Williams 7. Allen 8. King 9. Robson-Kanu 10. Ramsey 11. Bale 12. Fôn Williams 13. G. Williams 14. Edwards 15. Richards 16. Ledley 17. Cotterill 18. Vokes 19. Collins 20. J. Williams 21. Ward 22. Vaughan 23. Church

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