When did Gareth Bale make his professional debut?

Gareth Bale started his venture in football as an academy player at Southampton at 16 years of age alongside Theo Walcott.

In 2006, Bale made his professional debut against Millwall, the game won 2-0 by the Saints. After spending a year or two at Southampton, Bale was signed by The Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on a four-year deal.in May 2007. Spurs paid altogether £15 million to Southampton for Bale's purchase.

At Tottenham, Bale was initially placed at his natural Left Back position. And for the most part of his early time at the club, he played in the LB position. But due to his attacking mindset, he was often caught up playing as a left-wing player. 

In 2012, the arrival of new manager Andre Villa Boas changed the dynamic of Bale's career. Villa-Boas changed Bale's position by acknowledging the idea of Bale's interest in playing forward, he started playing Bale as a Left Winger.

Gareth Bale scored 20 premier league goals in the 2012-13 season winning both PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Players' Player of the Year. 

Gareth Bale Career: Becoming World's Expensive Player

Gareth Bale was bought by Real Madrid in 2013 at the world record transfer fee of £85.1 million (€100.8 million). 

However, the transfer fee as stated by the Spanish media and British media was not the same. The precise details of the transfer fee were publicized only in January 2016 by Football Leaks, confirming the world record fee and putting it above Christiano Ronaldo's record of €94 million (£80 million).

In the August of 2016, Bale's transfer record was eclipsed by Manchester United as they sign Paul Pogba from Juventus at a record fee of €105 million (£89.2 million).

Bale kissing the UCL trophy
Bale kissing the UCL trophy

Real Madrid Era: FIve Times Champions League Winner & Many Other Achievements

The arrival of Gareth Bale in Real Madrid was highly eyed by the media and football fans all over the world. 

With the likes of some of the greatest talents of the era, Christiano Ronaldo, Marcelo, Luka Modric and Casillas, Gareth Bale, and Real Madrid were once again believed to dominate the European football which they did. 

From 2013 to 2022, Gareth Bale has played a hundred and seventy-six matches with the no 11 kit number at Real Madrid. It is by far the longest service he gave to any club surpassing 146 games for Spurs.

Bale has scored 42 goals for Tottenham during his first era from 2007 to 2013 and netted 11 in the 2020-21 season when she went back there on a season loan from Madrid. Besides, Bale has scored 81 goals for Real Madrid. 

Furthermore, Bale has won five Champions League title with Real Madrid (in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and more recently in 2022). Likewise, Bale helped Madrid win La Liga three times and one Copa Del Rey. His winning goals against Barcelona in the 85th minute at the 2014 Copa del Rey Final were very special and will always be mesmerizing to watch. 

"It is difficult to see a player sprint like that at that stage of the game.", Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said to the press after the game.

Gareth Bale Net Worth and Brand Endorsements: Is he the richest player in Real Madrid?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the 32-year-old Welsh footballer has a net worth of $145 million. 

Bale is listed among the highest-paid soccer player in the world. The Real Madrid outcast is expected to earn £28.8million-a-year, which equates to £ 554,000 a week, approximately £80,000 a day and £3.3K an hour. It is solely from his contract with Real Madrid. 

Apart from that Bale has also been involved in many brand endorsements and commercials. Some of his most noteworthy brand sponsorships are Adidas, Lucozade, EA Sports, and BT Sport. Adding his additional income from various brandings, his overall salary is around $33 million per annum.