Gareth Bale, a forward from Wales, seemed to confirm on Sunday that he was leaving LaLiga champions Real Madrid and going to MLS team Los Angeles FC (LAFC).
The 32-year-old moved to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League in 2013 for a then-record transfer fee of 100 million euros ($105.54 million). He will join as a free agent this summer when his contract with Real expires.
After hearing about the move on Saturday, Bale wrote on Twitter, “See you soon, Los Angeles.” The official LAFC Twitter account shared the post, which also had a video of Bale wearing an LAFC jersey and cap.
Bale won a lot of trophies while playing for Real. He won three LaLiga titles, five Champions League titles, three Club World Cups, and the Spanish Cup, but he also got hurt a lot.
The Welshman will probably be best remembered for scoring twice, including a spectacular overhead kick, in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool and for scoring a great game-winning goal against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
But he was also often picked on by the Spanish media. They called him a “parasite” after he missed Real’s 4-0 home loss to Barcelona in March before going to play for Wales, and some fans booed him during a league game in April.
Bale led Wales to the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958 when they beat Ukraine 1-0 in a playoff earlier this month in Cardiff.
He will join the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at LAFC. Chiellini left Juventus this month and signed with LAFC.
The second transfer window in the U.S. opens on July 7, and Bale and Chiellini could play their first games against LA Galaxy the next day, according to a report on the MLS website.