Before Wales v Latvia, Cardiff crowd bid a heartwarming farewell to Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale was given a spectacular send-off by Wales supporters before the Euro 2024 qualifier match against Latvia in Cardiff.

Former Real Madrid star, Bale, who retired from football in January, made a record 111 appearances for the Wales men’s national team and scored an all-time best of 41 goals during his 16-year international career. Bale played in two European Championships and last year’s World Cup.

The sell-out crowd at Cardiff City Stadium serenaded Bale with the famous ‘Viva Gareth Bale’ chant, as he was introduced before the game. The 33-year-old then addressed the crowd after flying in from his Los Angeles home.

“It’s an absolute honour to have played for my country and to have performed in front of the world’s greatest fans,” Bale said. “You’ve been by my side through the highs and lows. You make every moment precious and special. Thank you for your tremendous support.”

Bale went on to add, “It’s been a pleasure to play in front of you throughout my whole career. I’ll be cheering on like you. I will see you soon in the future.”

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