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Gareth Bale bids farewell to Wales fans

On Tuesday, Gareth Bale emotionally bid farewell to Wales fans upon his retirement. He addressed the supporters who “make it so special,” declaring that they “are Welsh football.”

Kieffer Moore scored to secure a 1-0 victory over Latvia at Cardiff City Stadium, earning Rob Page’s side four points from two games in Euro 2024 qualifying.

Bale achieved magnificent honors with Wales throughout his career

Prior to kick-off, Bale, who had announced his retirement from professional football in January, spoke to the crowd to bid his final farewell.

“I just want to say what an honour it has been to represent this country and play in front of the best fans in the world,” Bale said.

“You’ve supported me and my family through the lowest of the lows and the highest of highs. I can’t thank you enough.”

Bale played a central role in Wales’ international successes, leading his team to their first European Championships in 2016.

During the tournament, they reached an unexpected semi-final before being defeated by Portugal. The ex-Real Madrid winger contributed by scoring in all three group-stage matches.

Later, Bale and Wales returned to the same competition five years later, progressing to the last 16 at Euro 2020.

“It’s been the biggest pleasure playing in front of you for my whole career,” he added. “Obviously I’m going to miss playing in front of you, but make sure you support the boys.

“You, the fans, are Welsh football, you make it so special, you make it what it is. I’ll be cheering on like you lot, and hopefully I’ll see you soon in the future. Thank you.”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.


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