Gareth Bale, a striker for Wales, appeared to confirm on Sunday that he was leaving LaLiga winner Real Madrid for Major League Soccer (MLS) team Los Angeles FC (LAFC).
The 32-year-old, whose contract with Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur expired this summer, is expected to join as a free agent after leaving Real for a then-record transfer fee of 100 million euros (US$105.54 million) in 2013.
“See you soon, Los Angeles,” Bale wrote in a post on Twitter, following reports of the transfer on Saturday. The post, which was retweeted on LAFC’s official Twitter account, was accompanied by a video of Bale wearing an LAFC jersey and cap.
Despite injuries, Bale had a trophy-laden period at Real, winning three LaLiga championships, five Champions League titles, three Club World Cups, and the Spanish Cup.
The Welshman’s greatest accomplishments will probably be his two goals—one an incredible overhead kick—in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool and his outstanding winner against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
He was frequently mocked by some supporters during a league game in April, and the Spanish media called him a “parasite” after he missed Real’s 4-0 home loss to Barcelona in March just before playing for Wales.
He will team up with Giorgio Chiellini, an Italian defender who signed with LAFC this month after leaving Juventus.
According to a source on the official MLS website, Bale and Chiellini might make their MLS debuts the next day against neighborhood rivals LA Galaxy. The secondary transfer window in the US opens on July 7. (Reuters)