Gareth Bale announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 33. He could go down as the best British player ever as he boasts an impressive trophy cabinet. Brad Friedel reminisces Bale’s best season ever as he compares him to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Bale’s Best Season:
The Welshman retires after winning five Champions League titles, three La Liga crowns, the Copa del Rey and the MLS Cup with LAFC. Former Spurs goalkeeper, Brad Friedel tells OLBG, “ “Other than Ronaldo and Messi there was no one better in the world towards the end of his time at Tottenham Hotspur and at Real Madrid. He was big, powerful, good in the air and with a great left foot. He had everything and he was one of the very best I’ve ever shared a pitch with.”
“Gareth Bale lifted the level of everyone around him. He’s a very mellow, nice guy. There’s nothing to dislike about him.”
“He kept himself fit, although he had a sprinters’ body so he did have a few injuries which was a shame. He had a really powerful sprint,” he explained. “But those injuries were not because he didn’t live his life right, he lived his life perfectly well, although some coaches may say he liked golf a bit too much! I think you’d have to make a lot of phone calls to find someone with something bad to say about him.”
Bale fulfilled his final wish as he took Wales to the World Cup in Qatar and scored the first goal for his country at the tournament. He can now rest having won everything there was to win in his career.