LAFC announced today that the Club has signed forward Gareth Bale to a 12-month contract using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) with options through 2024. Bale will occupy an international roster slot upon the receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). LAFC acquired the discovery priority to Bale from Inter Miami CF in exchange for $75,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM).
A five-time UEFA Champions League winner, Bale joins LAFC following a successful nine-year career with LaLiga’s Real Madrid that saw him win an unprecedented 19 trophies since 2013. A goal-scorer in the 2014 and 2018 Champions League Final, Bale was named the Best Player of the 2018 Champions League and won the Golden Ball at the 2018 Club World Cup.
“Gareth is one of the most dynamic and exciting players of his generation,” LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington. “Adding a player who brings his talent and experience at the highest levels is an incredible opportunity to improve our Club. I am grateful to Gareth’s management team who helped make this happen. It is clear that Gareth is highly motivated to continue to win trophies and we are elated that he has made the choice to join LAFC and help lead us in our ultimate goal of winning championships.”
Bale, 32, is considered one of the greatest Welsh players of all time and has made 105 appearances for Wales since 2006, scoring 28 goals and registering 22 assists. Bale was instrumental in leading Wales to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, securing their first appearance in the tournament in 64 years. He also helped lead Wales into the Round of 16 of the UEFA 2020 European Championship.
“I am extremely excited for this move to LAFC,” Bale said. “This is the right place for me and my family and the right time in my career, and I cannot wait to get started working with the team and getting ready to win more trophies in Los Angeles.”
A Cardiff, Wales native, Bale made his professional debut in 2006 at 16 with English Championship club Southampton before moving to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League in 2007. During his time with Tottenham, he was named the PFA Men’s Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and selected to the 2011 UEFA Team of the Year. He joined Cristiano Ronaldo as just the second player in history to win the PFA Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year when he did it in 2012. From 2007-2013 he scored 42 goals in 146 appearances for the Spurs. Bale also scored 11 goals and tallied two assists with Tottenham during the 2020-2021 EPL season while on loan from Real Madrid.
“Bringing a player and a person of Gareth’s caliber to LAFC is a historic moment for Los Angeles, MLS and the game in the United States,” LAFC Lead Managing Owner Larry Berg said. “On behalf of the entire LAFC community, I am honored to welcome Gareth, his wife Emma and their children to L.A., and I am confident they will fall in love with our incredible city.”