All you need to know about Gareth Bale, his career, family, income, injuries, transfers, weekly wages, fiancee and kids

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It is no longer news that Gareth Bale has finally secured a move away from Real Madrid with a return to Tottenham Hotspur after seven years.

The Welshman looked to be delighted over the move. His move had come after complaining that the Galacticos have been blocking a move away from the club after being out of favour with coach Zinedine Zidane. The tactician had said that he had no problem with the winger who almost secured a move to a Chinese club, Jiangsu Suning, last season, only for it to be stopped by Madrid at the last minute.

Due to the controversies concerning his dedication to the game, Bale has been accused of focusing on his golf skill while earning a humongous pay at Real. But he had denied that after beign out of favour at the Bernabeau.

Another fresh start for Gareth Bale at Tottenham Hotspur

Coach Jose Mourinho is very excited to have Bale who played under him during his stint with Madrid at Spurs, saying he is motivated to play.

Mourinho will therefore be looking forward to his return from injury. The Wales casptain might end up affected Mourinho attacking line up. The Portuguese tactician is likely to switch to a 4-3-3 formation to accommodate Bale, Hung Son-Min and Harry Kane. Provided this partnership works, Premier League defenders will have additional works on their hands after Son recently bagged four goals against Southampton.

Gareth Bale played bit par role for Real Madrid last season

Having won 13 trophies in the Spanish capital, adding Bale to this attacking line up could bring about success that has eluded the North London club over a long period of time.

Who is Gareth Bale?

Born Wales capital, Cardiff to Frank, a school caretaker, and Debbie Bale, an operations manager, Gareth Bale is the nephew of former Cardiff City footballer Chris Pike.

He attended Eglwys Newydd Primary School in Whitchurch where he caught the attention of Southampton at age nine while playing in a six-a-side tournament with his first club, Cardiff Civil Service.

Bale, who had named fellow Welshman and Manchester United player Ryan Giggs, as his hero whilst growing up then attended Whitchurch High School in Cardiff.

Being a keen athlete, Bale played football alongside future Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton, rugby, hockey, and excelled at athletics. At the age of 14, he ran the 100-meter sprint in 11.4 seconds.

However, due to his superior footballing skill, the school’s PE teacher, Gwyn Morris, had to write special rules which restricted Bale to playing one-touch football and not using his left foot.

Bale then trained at Southampton’s satellite academy in Bath whilst at Whitchurch, with the hope of landing a scholarship. There was sceptimism over this due to his height.

At the age of 16, he helped the school’s under-18 team win the Cardiff & Vale Senior Cup. After leaving the school in the summer of 2005 with a Grade A in PE amongst his other GCSE results, he was awarded the PE department’s prize for services to sport in his final year.

He then began his professional career at Southampton, playing as a left-back, where he became a free kick specialist. Spurs signed him in 2007 for an eventual £7 million fee.

He was later moved upward the field, becoming a winger at Tottenham. Harry Redknapp then made Bale an integral part of the team, rising to international attention during the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. Bale then won PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013 before he was named in the UEFA Team of the Year.

He also scooped PFA Young Player of the Year, the FWA Footballer of the Year, and the Premier League Player of the Season awards in 2013. This made him to be nominated to the PFA Team of the Year three times in a row between 2011 and 2013.

Real Madrid quickly snap him up on 1 September 2013 for €100.8 million, which was then world-record transfer fee, eclipsing the previous record fee of £80 million (€94 million) the club paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

He became an important player at the Bernabeau, helping the club to win the 2013–14 Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League, scoring in both finals.

He won the UEFA Super Cup the following season and scored in a third major final to help the club win the FIFA Club World Cup. He will later win another Champions League trophy two years later and selected among UEFA Squad of the Season.

Bale, who was also a finalist in the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, won the Man of the Match award as he scored an overhead kick in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final.

Bale made his Wales international debut in May 2006, becoming the youngest player at that point to do so for the nation. He has since earned over 80 caps and scored 33 international goals.

He is presently Wales’ highest scorer of all time after becoming the top scorer for Wales in their successful qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 2016, scoring seven goals. He led Wales to the semi-finals of the tournament, scoring three goals.

As a record six times Welsh Footballer of the Year winner, Bale has achieved a lot in his playing career.

How much does Gareth Bale earn?

According to reports, Bale earns £600,000-a-week and £15m yearly. Since Spurs won’t be able to pay such wage, Real Madrid will be contributing a huge chunk of that salary during his loan spell.

All about Gareth Bale’s fiance Emma Rhys-Jones

Bale’s fiancee is Emma Rhys-Jones. They have been dating since high school.

Engaged to Bale, 29-year-old Rhys-Jones is a hairdresser in Cardiff, unlike most footballer’s wives, who are usually the public figures like celebrities.

Although, Bale’s popularity has made her to be a celebrity, but Rhys-Jones has remained the girl next door she always had been as she didn’t crave to be in the spotlight.

The mother of three is more interested in spending quality time with her family and friends. The couple have two daughters and a son, Alba and Nava, and Alex.

Bale is a regular social media user

Apart from having several endorsement with top companies like Adidas, EA Sports, Lucozade and BT Sport, Bale is also a constant socia media user with a fan base of 35 million on his Instagram.

Aside a yearly salary of £15 million he earns, his endorsements earned him an estimated £10 million per year.

He also generates $185,000 per sponsored post on his social handle. This is the second-highest-paid Briton after David Beckham.

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