Gareth Bale has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 33. Bale, who spent last season at LAFC in MLS, was part of Wales' squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The former Real Madrid and Tottenham player described the decision to quit as "by far the hardest of my career." "It has truly given me some of the best moments of my life. The highest of highs over 17 seasons, that will be impossible to replicate, no matter what the next chapter has in store for me," Gareth Bale. Bale enjoyed a prestigious career that included winning 4 Champions Leagues, 2 La Liga titles and 3 Club World Cups. He also captained Wales to their first World Cup since 1958. Bale is Wales' most-capped men's player with 111 appearances.