|Full name||Gareth Frank Bale|
|Date of birth||16 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Cardiff, Wales|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Left wingback/Left winger|
|Current club||Tottenham Hotspur|
Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh footballer who currently plays forPremier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Wales national team. He is a left wingback who can also play as a left winger. Bale began his professional career withChampionship side Southampton in 2005 and transferred to Tottenham Hotspur two years later.Bale was born in Cardiff, the younger of two children, and attended Eglwys Newydd Primary School at Whitchurch. He is the nephew of former Cardiff Cityfootballer Chris Pike. It was while at this school he first came to the attention ofSouthampton at nine-years-old, when he was playing in a 5-a-side tournament with his first club, Cardiff Civil Service Football Club.
"Gareth has a fierce determination to succeed and has the character and qualities to achieve his personal goals. He is one of the most unselfish individuals that I have had the pleasure to help educate."