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LAFC Signs Forward Gareth Bale

June 27, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Los Angeles FC News Release


The Los Angeles Football Club (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 attacking players of his generation," LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington. "Adding a player who brings the talent and experience at the highest levels that Gareth does is an incredible opportunity to continue to improve our Club. 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."

Bale joined Real Madrid in 2013 and finished his time there as an official club legend, making 258 appearances and registering 106 goals and 67 assists across all competitions - including 176 games in LaLiga. He was a major part of an incredible era at Real Madrid winning 19 trophies, including: five UEFA European Championships, four Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, three LaLiga titles, one Copa del Rey and three Spanish Super Cups.

"There are simply not many players in the world who can have an impact on a match like Gareth Bale," LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo said. "He can be dangerous in so many different ways, and we expect him to complement what we believe is already a strong team from the moment he arrives. His knowledge of the game and experience in playing in big games will be invaluable for our Club."

Bale was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth of England on June 2, 2022 as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List. The award stands for "Member of the Order of the British Empire" and Bale received it for services to football and charity. Bale has donated significantly to hospitals in Wales and Spain to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

BALE BY THE NUMBERS   

5 - UEFA Champions League Trophies

4 - FIFA Club World Cup Titles

3 - European Super Cup Championships

3 - LaLiga Championships

3 - Spanish Super Cup Trophies

1 - Copa Del Rey Title

1 - Golden Boot Award at the 2017-18 FIFA Club World Cup

1 - Premier League Player of the Year Award (2012-13)

6 - Wales Footballer of the Year Award

1 - 2008 English Football League Cup Trophy

TRANSACTION:

LAFC signs forward Gareth Bale to a contract through 2023 using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).


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