Gareth Bale on Twitter

Gareth Bale on Twitter

• "After careful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from international and club football. I feel incredibly lucky to have realised my dream of playing the sport I love. It has truly given me some of the best moments of my life. 

• From my very first touch at Southampton to my last with LAFC and everything in between, shaped a club career that I have immense pride and gratitude for. Playing for and captaining my country 111 times really has been a dream come true. 

• To show my gratitude to all those that have played their part in my journey seems an impossibility. 

• I move on with anticipation to the next stage of my life. A time of change and transition, an opportunity for a new adventure..."