Gareth Bale is leaving Real Madrid after nine years on a free transfer in the summer. The Welshman can look back on a remarkable collection of titles.

Superstar Gareth Bale and Real Madrid are going their separate ways! The Welshman made the announcement on his social media accounts on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old will not renew his expiring contract with the Royals and will leave the club on a free transfer. However, it had been thought for some time that the two parties would part ways.

In his statement, the Welshman thanked the Real managers around Florentino Pérez, his teammates, the staff and the supporters of the club. He had been able to “realise his dream of playing for Real Madrid”. Bale has played a total of 237 games for the royals, in which he has scored 106 goals and set up 67 goals.

“To be part of the history of this club and to achieve what we have achieved in my time as a Real Madrid player has been an incredible experience that I will not forget,” the 32-year-old said in his statement.

Bale makes history with Real

The Welshman, who moved to the Concha Espina in 2013 for a record €101 million, can look back on a remarkable collection of titles with the Madrilenians. Bale has been club world champion four times, Spanish champion three times, Champions League winner five times, Spanish Super Cup winner three times and Spanish Cup winner once.

Last season, however, Real’s former record-breaking acquisition hardly made any appearances and made no attempt to change his situation. Until this summer, Bale was even the top earner in the Spanish league with a reported 39 million euros per year!

In addition, he has increasingly attracted attention in the past due to negative headlines. Among other things, because of a photo in which the 32-year-old waved a flag with the inscription ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’ and grinning at the camera.

The Spanish press accused the Welshman of lacking attitude, even calling the five-time Champions League winner a ‘parasite’ who would prefer to play golf.

According to rumours in England, the Welshman wants to return to his hometown of Cardiff and play half a season for local club Cardiff City to keep fit for the World Cup in Qatar. A career end after the tournament is not ruled out.