|Former teammates Gareth Bale and Hugo Lloris have both announced their retirement from football and the national team respectively. (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Former Real Madrid and Tottenham star Gareth Bale has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 33, a shocking statement reads on his social media page on Monday.
The surprise announcement draws unprecedented curtain on a glittering career that saw Bale shine for Southampton where it all started, Tottenham over two spells, Real Madrid where he won four champions league trophies and LAFC in the MLS.
"After careful and thoughtful consideration, I announce my immediate retirement from club and international football," Bale wrote on Instagram.
In the same vein, France’s world cup winning captain Hugo Lloris has called it quit with the national team and will now focus on his Tottenham career after a staggering 145 appearances that stands as a record for Le Bleus.
The Tottenham shot stopper’s last engagement with the national team came at the 2022 World Cup finals against Argentina where he finished second best but his highlight would remain captaining the team to the world title in Russia in 2018.
"Hugo is still at his best and I have, we have, to respect his decision even if he still had his place in our team as we saw at the World Cup," France coach Didier Deschamps said.