Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Bale completes LAFC move on year-long contract

Written by 
Published in Soccer
Monday, 27 June 2022 12:49

Wales forward Gareth Bale has joined LAFC on a 12-month contract, with options through to 2024, after his departure from LaLiga champions Real Madrid, the Major League Soccer side announced on Monday.

The 32-year-old, who signed for Spanish giants Real from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then-record transfer fee of €100 million ($105.84 million), will join as a free agent.

- MLS on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games, replays (U.S. only)
- Gareth Bale to LAFC: How the social media world reacted

"I am extremely excited for this move to LAFC," Bale said in a statement on his new club's website. "This is the right place for me and my family and the right time in my career, and I can't wait to get started working with the team and getting ready to win more trophies in Los Angeles."

Bale enjoyed a trophy-laden spell with Real, winning three LaLiga titles, five Champions League crowns, three Club World Cups and the Spanish Cup, although his time at the club was marred by injuries.

The Welshman will likely be best remembered for scoring twice, including a stunning overhead kick, in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool and also for netting a superb winner against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.

"Gareth is one of the most dynamic and exciting attacking players of his generation," LAFC co-president and 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."

Despite his successes in Spain, Bale was also often targeted by the Spanish media, who labelled him a "parasite" after he missed Real's 4-0 home loss to Barcelona in March immediately before appearing for Wales, and he was jeered by some fans during a league game in April.

Bale led Wales into their first World Cup finals since 1958 when they defeated Ukraine 1-0 in their playoff in Cardiff earlier this month. They will play in Group B along with England, the United States and Iran in the showpiece event in Qatar, which begins in November.

At LAFC, he will join former Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, who signed for the club this month after his departure from Juventus. Both Bale and Chiellini could be available to play for LAFC as early as its July 8 rivalry match with the LA Galaxy (watch live on ESPN at 10 p.m. ET).

Read 26 times

Soccer

Real rally past promoted Almeria to start LaLiga

Real rally past promoted Almeria to start LaLiga

Champions Real Madrid overcame a slow start in their first match of the LaLiga season with a 2-1 com...

Real Madrid get goals from unlikely duo Alaba, Vazquez to start LaLiga campaign with comeback win

Real Madrid get goals from unlikely duo Alaba, Vazquez to start LaLiga campaign with comeback win

Real Madrid began their LaLiga title defence by overcoming a flat start in their season opener with...

Tuchel, Conte revel in pair of sideline faceoffs

Tuchel, Conte revel in pair of sideline faceoffs

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte admitted they enjoyed their touchline bust-up after both managers we...

Basketball

USA Basketball sets roster for WC qualifying

USA Basketball sets roster for WC qualifying

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Basketball has picked its 12-man roster for the opening second-round...

NBA to retire Russell's No. 6 for all 30 teams

NBA to retire Russell's No. 6 for all 30 teams

The NBA will honor the legacy of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell by retiring his No. 6 jersey for...

Baseball

'Grandpa' Pujols homers twice in Cardinals' win

'Grandpa' Pujols homers twice in Cardinals' win

ST. LOUIS -- Albert Pujols homered twice and Miles Mikolas tossed eight effective innings, helping t...

Sources: Nats calling up top prospect Abrams

Sources: Nats calling up top prospect Abrams

The Washington Nationals are calling up top prospect C.J. Abrams, one of the main returns in the Jua...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation
  • NFL

    Nactional Football Leagues
  • FISB

    Federation Internationale de Speedball

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated