Hartson hails Bale as 'the greatest ever Welshman' after retirement
Wales great John Hartson leads the tributes to Gareth Bale from players, clubs and pundits as he hails him ‘the GREATEST Welshman of all time’… while Alan Shearer praises him for his ‘incredible’ career
- READ: Former Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has retired from football aged 33
- Tributes have poured in from players and pundits after the shock announcement
- Wales icon John Hartson called Bale the ‘greatest Welshman of all time’
- LIVE BLOG: Follow all the latest on Bale’s retirement with Sportsmail’s runner
Wales icon John Hartson has led the tributes from players, clubs and pundits to Gareth Bale after he confirmed his shock retirement aged 33 – calling him ‘the greatest Welsh footballer of all time’, hailing him for bringing ‘magical moments’ to the national team.
Bale confirmed the shock news that he would be hanging up his boots aged 33 on Monday – retiring from all forms of football after competing with Wales at the Qatar World Cup – and club, players and pundits have been paying tribute to the four-time Champions League winner.
Hartson led the tributes to Bale after his achievements in club football and his profound impact for the Wales national side – calling him the best player who has ever played for the Dragons after starring for them at Euro 2016 and Euro 2020.
Clubs, players and pundits have hailed Gareth Bale after he retired from football aged 33
Wales great John Hartson called Bale ‘the greatest Welshman of all time’ after the news
‘Happy retirement @GarethBale the greatest Welsh footballer of all time and that’s saying something with the other greats we have seen. Magical moments, spectacular goals , unique talent.. and a proud Welshman.’
His former Wales team-mate Neil Taylor praised the legacy he had left on the international stage, adding: ‘The greatest player I ever played with, the greatest player to ever play for Wales and Tthe greatest British player to play abroad.
‘More importantly a real humble and down to earth Welsh man! His family are a lovely bunch and he’s been a credit to them! Rest up @GarethBale.’
Pundit Alan Shearer also left a touching message, writing on Twitter: ‘Congratulations on an incredible career. Enjoy retirement.’
Bale’s former club Tottenham were one of the first teams to pay tribute to the Welshman following the news – thanking him for his efforts during his seven years in total in north London.
‘Thank you for everything, @Gareth Bale. Congratulations on an incredible career.’
His first ever club, Southampton, said: ‘Here’s to you, @GarethBale Congratulations on an incredible career.’
The Premier League’s official account also paid tribute, saying: ‘Congratulations on an incredible career, Gareth!’
Bale’s last club, Los Angeles FC, said: ‘Forever a champion. Forever a legend. Forever Black & Gold. Congrats on a historic career.’
More to follow.
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