Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who played as a winger for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wingers of his generation and one of the greatest Welsh players of all time.
As he leaves, has written to Real Madrid and all his fans in appreciation. The letter reads:
I write this message to say thank you to all my teammates, past and present, my managers, the backroom staff and the fans that supported me.
I arrived here 9 years ago as a young man who wanted to realise my dream of playing for Real Madrid. To wear the pristine white kit, to wear the crest on my chest, to play at the Santiago Bernabéu, to win titles and to be part of what it’s so famous for, to win the Champions League.
I can now look back, reflect and say with honesty that this dream became a reality and much, much more.
To be a part of this club’s history and to achieve what we achieved while I was a Real Madrid player, has been an incredible experience and one I will never forget.
I also want to thank President Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanchez, and the board for giving me the opportunity to play for this club. Together we were able to create some moments that will live forever in the history of this club and football.
It has been an honour.
Real Madrid C.F.