Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale, born 16 July 1989, is a Welsh former footballer, who played as a striker.

Considered one of the best players of his generation, he grew up in the Southampton youth academy, where he made his professional debut. In the summer of 2007, at the age of eighteen, he moved to Tottenham, with which he established himself as one of the most promising talents of his generation, winning an English League Cup and, individually, twice the PFA's Best Player of the Year (2011 and 2013).

In the summer of 2013 he moved to Real Madrid for a total of 100 million euros, making it, at that time, the most expensive signing in football history. With the Spanish team he won three Spanish league titles, one Copa del Rey, three Spanish Super Cups, five UEFA Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups.

With the Welsh national team, of which he is the record holder for appearances and goals, he has participated in two editions of the European championship (2016 and 2020) and one of the world championship (2022).

On 2 June 2022, for sporting and humanitarian merits, he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a member of the Order of the British Empire.