Gareth Bale is a Welsh professional football player. He plays as a winger for one of the world's best club Real Madrid and his national team. He is best known for his speed and his long-range strikes.
The 28 years old has previously played for clubs like Southampton and Tottenham Spurs. He has an estimated net worth of $90 million in 2017.
Gareth Bale was born on 16 July 1989, in Cardiff, Wales and his full name is Gareth Frank Bale. His parents are Frank Bale and Debbie Bale and have a sister named Vicky Bale. He attended Eglwys Newydd Primary School at Whitchurch. His idol player was Manchester United's, Ryan Giggs. He holds a Welsh nationality.
Gareth Bale began his professional career with Southampton being the second youngest player ever to play for Southampton behind Theo Walcott. He started his professional career since 2006 and made his debut on 17 April 2006, at the age of 16 against Millwall. He scored his first goal with a free kick strike against Derby country. He further developed himself as the club's free-kick specialist. He was in the club for a season playing 40 games and scoring 5 goals.
He then switched to Tottenham Hotspur on 25 May 2007, signing a four-year contract with the club. He played his first game for the club came on 12 July 2007, in a friendly match against 12 July 2007. He scored his debut goal for the club in his second game with the club on September 1, 2007, against Fulham. He gradually came to prominence while his seasons at the club. He was in the club for 5 years appearing in 146 games and scoring 41 goals.
He then moved to Espain confirming his deal with one of the world's most decorated club Real Madrid. He officially signed his deal on 1 September 2013 for six years for an undisclosed fee, but the deal was world record transfer fee at that time. He scored his first goal for the club in his debut match. He still plays for the club and is one of the influential players for his team, combining with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as a part of BBC.
Gareth Bale has the pleasure of representing his national side in both junior and senior levels. On October 7, 2006, he became the youngest player ever to score a goal for the full Welsh national team in the Euro 2008 qualification match against Slovakia with a free kick. He made his senior team dream debut on 14 October 2009, with a goal and an assist against Liechtenstein. He is currently the skipper of his national side, he has won over 70 caps for his national side scoring 26 goals.
Gareth Bale is neither married nor single but he is engaged to his Childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones. The couple was in a relationship since their high school days and finally got engaged on 18 July 2016, just a day after his 27th birthday at The Vale of Glamorgan.
The couple together has two children. The first child, Alba Violet, was born at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff on 21 October 2012, and their second daughter, Nava Valentina, was born in Cardiff on 22 March 2016.
There was also news previous this year that the couple is set to get married by this year. They had to hold their marriage as Emma's father was in jail and later were ready to get married as her father would be released soon. Their decision was again postponed as the family was surrounded by several robbery cases and the suitcase with $1 million went missing. The family lives together in Madrid.
Net Worth and Endorsements
Gareth Bale has an estimated net worth of $90 million in 2017, including all his properties. He has an annual salary of $20.2 million from his current club Real Madrid. His average annual earning is $24 million in 2017.
While he was at Tottenham he was earning $200,000, as his weekly wage. Apart from his earnings from football he too earns massive amounts through his endorsement deals with several brands. He is linked with brands like Adidas, Auto Vivendi, EA Sports, Lucozade, Foot Locker, and Nissan. He earns $34 million annually from his endorsing deals with Addidas.