Wales captain Gareth Bale has returned to English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur from Spanish LaLiga champions Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
Gareth Bale returns after he had gone the other way in 2013. He will wear the number 9 shirt.
Initially signed as a 17-year-old from Southampton FC in 2007, Gareth made his name over six years at Spurs before moving to the Bernabeu in the summer of 2013.
His electrifying displays in the UEFA Champions League – including a hattrick against Inter Milan at the San Siro in October 2010 – made the world sit up and take notice.
He went on to make 203 appearances for the Spurs in all competitions, scoring 55 goals, including 26 in a memorable final campaign in the 2012/13 season.
During that time, he was twice named PFA Player of the Year (2011, 2013) and completed the treble of PFA Player/PFA Young Player and Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year in 2013. He was named in the PFA Team of the Year three times in a row, 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13.
Gareth Bale departed for Real Madrid for a world-record fee in the summer of 2013. He capped his first season with a goal in the UEFA Champions League final, as the Los Blancos beat city rivals Atletico Madrid. He’s lifted Europe’s elite trophy four times in seven years in Spain, and scored one of the all-time great UEFA Champions League final goals, a flying overhead kick in a 3-1 win against Liverpool FC in 2018.
He’s won a host of trophies during his time in Spain, including two LaLiga titles, two UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA World Club Cups, and contributed 105 goals in 251 appearances.
A talisman for Wales, Gareth now has 85 caps to his name, and is his country’s all-time top goalscorer on 33 goals.
He became Wales’ youngest full international when he made his debut aged 16 years and 315 days in 2006 (a record now held by Liverpool’s Harry Wilson) and spearheaded qualification for a first major tournament since 1958 when Wales made it to the finals of Euro 2016. Gareth scored three times as the Dragons made a dream run to the semifinals in France. He overtook Ian Rush (28 goals) as his country’s top marksman with goal number 29 in March 2018.
Gareth Bale sustained a knee injury whilst playing for Wales on international duty earlier this month and this together with LaLiga’s later start compared to the Premier League means he has had a limited pre-season. Currently it is anticipated that he will be match fit after October’s international break.
Bale. Is. Back.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 19, 2020