The Wales international heads to MLS for a new challenge after dropping to the free agent group at the end of his contract with Real Madrid
Gareth Bale became the latest high-level addition to the ranks of MLSthe former Tottenham and Real Madrid star deciding to extend his career to LAFC once dropped into the free agent pool.
The Wales international heads to the United States after nine years at the Santiago Bernabeu winning three La Liga titles and five Champions League crowns, with his pedigree unmistakable despite now being 32.
He is looking forward to a World Cup final in his country’s colors later this year, but his immediate goal is to make a positive impact in California.
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What will Gareth Bale’s LAFC jersey number be?
Bale officially announced his decision to join LAFC on June 25, with speculation about his next move raging for some time.
The Welshman told the club’s official website that he was chasing an American dream: “I am extremely excited for this move to LAFC.
“It’s the right place for me and my family and the right time in my career, and I can’t wait to start working with the team and prepare to win more trophies in Los Angeles.”
LAFC Co-Chairman and General Manager John Thorrington said of the deal, “Gareth is one of the most dynamic and exciting players of his generation.”
However, no decision has yet been made on which shirt number Bale will wear in Los Angeles.
There are only a handful of spots available for him, and numbers 1 and 13 are usually occupied by goalkeepers.
The No.20 is still up for grabs, as is the 27 and any shirt between 31 and 43, with a chance Bale could turn his career around in the squad.
Gareth Bale’s squad number history
After bursting onto a senior scene as a precociously gifted teenager at Southampton, Bale made his breakthrough with the Saints while sporting the No.37 – which he could now take in Los Angeles.
He rose to 22 in his second season at St Mary’s, before filling in at No 16 after moving to Tottenham.
Bale was considered a left-back in those days, unsurprisingly when he was moved to the No.3 spot at Spurs.
After proving himself as a devastating winger, he went on to take No.11 in north London and was keen to inherit that shirt again once he completed a record-breaking move to Real Madrid in 2013.
Bale donned that shirt with distinction for seven seasons, reaching 100 goals for Los Blancos, before returning to Tottenham on loan in 2020-21 and taking their No.9.
Upon his return to Madrid, the Wales international had to settle for the No.18 and made just seven appearances in his last campaign in the Spanish capital.