Gareth Bale, is a Welsh footballer who began his professional career playing for Southampton Football Club. In 2007 he transferred to Barclays Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur for £7 million. Over the next 6 years, Bale proved to be one of the most gifted players in the world, and subsequently became highly sought after by the world’s biggest football clubs and managers. As a result, Spanish football royalty came knocking at his door and purchased him for an undisclosed fee on 1st September 2013. The English press reported that the world club football transfer fee had been broken (previously set by Real Madrid when they bought Manchester United’s Portuguese superstar, Christiano Ronaldo in 2009), and Bale had cost Madrid £85.3 million (100 million euros).
Gareth was born in Cardiff, Wales on 16th July, 1989. He received his early education at Eglwys Newydd Primary School in Whitchurch, Cardiff.
At the age of 9 he first came to the attention of Southampton Football Club, during a six-a-side match he played for his first club, Cardiff Civil Service Football Club.
When he was growing up, Bale’s hero was fellow Welshman and legendary footballer, Ryan Giggs. Giggs has played for Manchester United Football Club since 1990, and is the most decorated player in English football history.
Bale attended Whitchurch High School. He excelled in athletics, and played football, rugby, and hockey alongside flanker and captain of the Wales Rugby Team, Sam Warburton. He was a keen athlete who ran the 100 metre sprint in 11.4 seconds at the age of just 14.
At 16, Bale helped his school’s Under-18 Team win the Cardiff & Vale Senior Cup. When he left school in 2005 he received a Grade A in his GCSE for Physical Education. In addition he was awarded the PE Department’s prize for services to sport.
He was selected by the Wales national team at the closing stages of the 2005-2006 season. He made his international debut on 26th May 2006. Appearing as a substitute in a 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago, he was the youngest player ever to play for the Wales national team at senior level. During the match, Bale assisted Robert Earnshaw who scored the match-winning goal. Bale was just 16 and 315 days old. Since then, Bale has appeared 54 times for Wales and scored 19 goals (as of October 2015).
Bale lives in Madrid, Spain, with his fiancé and high-school sweetheart, Emma Rhys-Jones. They have two daughters, the eldest was born at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, and was named Alba Violet Bale - AVB in a tribute to former Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas.