Bale is back in action for Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly against AC Milan, wearing the number 50. Following a loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur, the Wales international is back in Real Madrid colors for the first period in almost a year.
After being selected in Real Madrid’s starting lineup for their pre-season match against AC Milan in Klagenfurt, Austria, Gareth Bale will wear the No.50 jersey.
It is the Wales international’s first start for Los Blancos after his loan to Tottenham Hotspur ended in October. In fact, the very last time he played for the team was in a Primera Division match against Real Mallorca in June 2020.
Bale, who joined Madrid in 2013, has appeared in 251 games for the club,
scoring 105 goals and playing a vital role in four Champions League titles.
Bale has been a divisive figure at the Bernabeu in recent seasons,
with locals believing he has failed to justify his salary on the pitch by putting other parts of his life ahead of his football career.
This has fueled rumors that he may leave the club,
especially when it was revealed that he had not been assigned a squad number for the next season. Marco Asensio, on the other side, had claimed his favorite No. 11 shirt.
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There was even talk that he may retire, but the Bale camp shot it down quickly and vehemently.
Nonetheless, with annual salaries estimated to be in the region of €30 million and the transfer market in a state of flux after the Covid-19 epidemic, it seems doubtful that any team would be prepared to take on Bale due to the financial implications and the player’s recent injury history.
The Wales international is thus likely to stay in Madrid until 2022 when his contract will expire and he will become a free agent.
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Bale wears No.50 on Real Madrid return in pre-season friendly vs AC Milan