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Welsh Soccer star, Gareth Bale announces Retirement

Welsh star, Gareth Bale has announced his retirement from soccer with immediate effect.

In a social media post the striker revealed he would be retiring from both club and international football.

The 33-year-old Wales captain told his followers: "After careful thought and consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football.

Bale was once the world's most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid for $132 million in 2013 and, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, was a devastating forward capable of surging runs and brilliant goals with his powerful left foot.

He was a European champion with Madrid in 2014, '16, '17, '18 and last year, before finishing his club career by helping Los Angeles FC win the Major League Soccer title.

Affected by injuries in recent years, he ended his career saving the best performances for his country, for whom he played a record 111 matches and scored a record 41 times.

The forward made his final competitive appearance during Wales' World Cup group stage fixture with England on 29 November.

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