Gareth Bale is a Welsh Football player who has played for Southampton, Tottenham Hotspurs and currently plays for Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Bale was born on the 16th of July, 1989 in Cardiff, Wales. His dad Frank Bale was a local school caretaker while his mum Debbie Bale was an operations clerk. His footballing skills were first spotted by Southampton scouts at his Primary School at the Eglwys Newydd Primary School, Whitchurch.
Bale proceeded to Whitchurch High School in Cardiff where he excelled as an all-around athlete. Though football had always been his first love, Bale was equally adept at Rugby, Sprints, hockey and other sports. His skill set was such that he was a dream student for every PE teacher.
He reportedly ran the 100-meter sprint in 11.4 seconds as a 14-year-old. As a schoolboy, his footballing skills were ahead of those of his peers such that he needed his own rules. During games, his PE teacher, Gwyn Morris would insist that he be restricted to touching the ball once (and not with his favorite left foot) while other kids could play with both feet.
It was while growing up at Whitchurch, that Bale started training at Southampton’s satellite academy in Bath.
Gareth Bale made his professional debut for Southampton on the 17th of April 2006, at the age of 16 years and 275 days, becoming the second youngest player ever to play for Southampton, a record only bettered by Theo Walcott.
His first league goal was a free kick against Derby County. As a youngster, he was already making a name for himself as a specialist free kick taker. Whilst playing in the Championship, Bale was named the Football League Young Player of the Year on 4 March 2007. After the first leg of the Championship play-off, Semi-Finals against Derby County, Bale’s time with the South coast club came to an end after 45 appearances scoring five goals.
Gareth Bale joined London club Tottenham Hotspur on the 25 May 2007 after signing a four-year deal worth an initial £5 million and with a potential to rise to £10 million based on appearances and success.
It was at Spurs that Bale came to National consciousness, starting out as a Left back but ending up as one of the most dynamic Left wingers White Hart Lane has ever seen. Under the guidance of Harry Redknapp, Bale became a terror to opposition defenders. Blessed with a unique blend of pace, power, superb crossing and a thunderbolt of a shot, Bale was lighting up the Premier League with spectacular goals on a more regular basis.
He played at Spurs for six seasons, playing 203 games and scoring 55 times. During his time at Tottenham Hotspurs, he won the PFA Players’ ‘Player of the Year’ and ‘Young Player of the Year’, as well as the ‘Football Writers Player of the Year’. He became only the second player in history (after Cristiano Ronaldo)to win all three awards in one season (2012-13).
On the back of an impressive 2012/2013 season that saw him rack up over 20 goals for Spurs, Real Madrid announced on 1st September 2013 that they had signed Bale for a World record fee of £85.3 million (€100 million). The figure smashed the previous record of £80 million (€94 million) paid by Real Madrid for the purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.
Bale’s first season was hampered by a series of injuries – a reoccurring theme throughout his time in Spain. However, when fit, Bale remains a force to be reckoned with at the Santiago Bernabeu. His debut season ended in glory with him scoring against archrivals Barcelona in the final of 2014 Copa del Rey. He also scored in the UEFA Champions League Final against Athletico Madrid.
Bale formed part of what will go on to become a fearful attacking triumvirate with French striker Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo. Together, the three men have put teams to the sword at will, with their devastating combination play. So far Bale has featured for Real 123 times scoring 66 goals.
Throughout Gareth’s career, (especially since moving to Spain) he has been beset by series of injuries. Most of these have been muscular issues ranging from Calf injuries, back problems to hamstring strains. During his first season, he suffered six separate injuries. The next season, he had a fairly injury-free season, sustaining just two injuries- a back problem and a calf injury. In the 2015/2016 season, he had six injury setbacks. In the following two seasons he had sustained five more injuries. The longest injury absence he has had was the Ankle injury he sustained on the 24th of November 2016 which kept him out for 84 days.
Gareth Bale’s Net Worth and Salary
Bale earns £ 15 million per year from his six-year contract with Real Madrid. He also commands huge figures from his numerous endorsements with Adidas, EA Sports, Sony Xperia Z3. His deal with Adidas is worth an estimated $35 million. His net worth is estimated to be in the region of $150 million.
Gareth Bale is engaged to his long-term sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones whose family house in Cardiff is just a mile away from the Bales. The pair met as teenagers while attending Whitchurch High School. Gareth announced his engagement to her on his 27th birthday. The couple has two daughters Alba Violet (born October 21, 2012) and Nava Valentina, (born on March 22, 2016.) In March 2018, the couple announced they were expecting another baby.
Gareth Bale’s Unique Haircut
Gareth Bale’s hairstyles have evolved just as much as the man. Initially, he stuck to the basic combover style with a pronounced side parting. These days, however, Gareth wears more Ponytails and Topknots with a well-groomed side beard to go with it.
One of the unique qualities that stands Bale out is his impressive physique. For a player as quick as he is, Bale carries the ball at pace with a brutish elegance. He stands at 185 cm (6 feet 1 inch) and weighs 82 kg.