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Gareth Bale

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for La Liga club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. In 2022, Gareth Bale's net worth is estimated to be $135 million dollars.

March 29, 2022

Words by Matthew Taylor

Gareth Bale Net Worth

$135 million

Est. Range $105M - $165M

Medium Confidence

Gareth Bale is a professional soccer player who plays for the Wales national team and the Spanish club Real Madrid. He is considered to be one of the greatest wingers of his generation and is known for his free kick skills. Bale began his career at Southampton before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 2007. He transformed into a more attacking player while at Tottenham and caught the attention of the Wales national team. In 2013, he transferred to Real Madrid for a then-world record transfer fee of €100.8 million. He has helped Real Madrid win several championships, including the UEFA Champions League, and is the highest scorer for Wales of all time.

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