With stretches of legend and many others of incomprehension and torpor, Gareth Bale's journey at Real Madrid came to an end. The Welshman timidly celebrated his fifth European Cup, was applauded by the Bernabéu and left the capital with a smile on winning his contract; an agreement of 20 million euros per campaign, the best paid of the white squad despite the little relevance of him in the green.
After his dismissal, the rumors began. The president of Getafe said that he offered himself, an issue that Bale himself denied with a laugh; then it was stipulated with a romantic return home, to Cardiff City... But, finally, Bale becomes a new star of Los Angeles F.
C. of the MLS, where he will share a dressing room with another footballer of the time, the Italian Giorgio Chiellini.
The surprising thing about this signing is not the Welshman's resignation to continue competing at the highest level (something that could be intuited from his last two courses in Madrid), it is his salary. The Briton has signed a year with the Los Angeles team in exchange for one and a half million euros; 18.5 less than those he received last season at the Bernabéu.
"I just want to play before the World Cup to be as fit as I can be. When you don't have continuity in a team it's very difficult to get into a rhythm in terms of fitness and health. Any gamer will tell you that playing week after week makes your body more robust, you get used to it and get fitter doing it. I just need to play games and I'll be ready," Gareth said a few weeks ago.
After being key in Wales qualifying for their second World Cup in history, the attacker's primary goal is to get Qatar in tune. For that he needs to play regularly and the MLS will ensure that he is essential.