Cymru centurion Gareth Bale has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to football and charity.
Cymru’s record scorer for the Men’s National Team, Bale won his first senior cap against Trinidad & Tobago in May 2006, becoming the youngest player to ever play for Cymru. He also became the youngest player to score for Cymru, with what has since become a trademark free kick against Slovakia in October 2006.
Bale’s efforts for Cymru were pivotal as the National Team reached back-to-back UEFA European Championships, qualifying for EURO 2016 and EURO 2020. His goals during the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament helped Cymru reached the semi-finals in France. Now Cymru captain, the Whitchurch born attacker will be leading the team out on Sunday as Rob Page’s side bid to reach the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.
At club level, Bale started his career at Southampton, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur where he thrived in the Premier League. At Tottenham Hotspur, Bale received numerous PFA and Premier League awards, before transferring to Real Madrid for a record-breaking fee.
In Spain, Gareth Bale has become the most decorated British player in Europe’s top competition, winning the UEFA Champions League a record five times. Bale has scored three times in Champions League finals, including a bicycle kick that is regularly argued as one of the best Champions League final goals.
At Madrid, Bale has also won three La Liga three titles, the Copa Del Rey, three UEFA Super Cups and three FIFA Club World Cup titles.
Outside of football, Gareth and his wife Emma donated £1 million to the health services in Wales and Spain to fight the Coronavirus pandemic.
The FAW would like to congratulate Gareth on his recognition.