A player for one of the world’s most prestigious football teams is bound to pique the interest of footie enthusiasts everywhere. And if we’re talking about 2016, then that guy is Gareth Frank Bale, the charming Welshman who plays football for Real Madrid. Despite being part of a team with numerous other world-class players, Bale has carved out a space for himself thanks to his lightning speed and pinpoint precision. Throughout his more than a decade-long professional football career, “The Real Madrid” player has amazed millions with his brilliance. Bale, who saves his best for the biggest games, has been honoured with a number of trophies and accolades throughout his impressive career. Even though he is on the pitch with some of the best players in the world right now, he never lets them outshine his brilliance and consistently plays outstanding football.
Early Life and Childhood
Welsh parents Frank and Debbie Bale welcomed their son Gareth Frank Bale into the world on July 16, 1989, in Cardiff. His parents, a school caretaker and an operations manager, sent him to the Whitchurch elementary school where he was discovered by professional football scouts from Southampton. That was back when he was only nine years old.
Bale attended “Whitchurch High School” after completing elementary and middle school, and it was there that his athletic prowess first brought him to the notice of the school administration. He excelled not just in football, but also in rugby and hockey. After a successful high school career, he received the “Cardiff & Vale Senior Cup” and the “School Award for Services to Sport” in 2005.
Bale joined the “Southampton football club” in 2006, just a year after graduating from high school, making him the club’s second-youngest player ever. In a 2-2 tie against “Derby County,” he scored his first goal for the club.
While a student at Southampton, Bale was named “BBC Wales Young Sports Personality of the Year.” With three of his five goals for the club coming on free kicks, he was widely regarded as a specialist in that area. With his last game coming on May 12, 2007, against ‘Derby County,’ he finished his 45-game Southampton career.
He only spent two weeks with the team before being signed by “Tottenham Hotspur” for five million pounds. The three goals he scored in his first four games for the side included one against the formidable “Arsenal” squad. But once Bale was hurt in a league game against “Birmingham City,” things started going badly for him. Damage to his right ankle ligaments ultimately ended his season. He signed a new four-year contract with the team and returned the following year. As a result of his lacklustre play, though, he was benched for the most of the season.