After a 9-year spell in Madrid decorated with series of Spanish and European title, Real Madrid winger and Wales international, Gareth Bale penned a farewell letter to Real Madrid on Wednesday, which marked the end of his time at the Spanish club.
Bale affirmed the fact that it was at Real Madrid that his “dream became a reality” as he will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June, with the 32-year-old yet to confirm his next move.
His future currently hover on the chances of Wales qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar, with retirement a possible option if they miss out.
“I write this message to say thank you to all my teammates, past and present, my managers, the backroom staff and to the fans that supported me,” Bale wrote in a letter to Real Madrid, posted on social media in both English and Spanish.
“I arrived here nine 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 Bernabeu, 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.”
After joining Madrid from Tottenham for 100 million euros in 2013, Bale went on to win 16 major trophies with Real Madrid, including five Champions Leagues, three La Ligas and one Copa del Rey.