A new Gareth Bale has been born in Los Angeles. His arrival in MLS has revealed a side of the Welshman that Real Madrid was not aware of.
Bale, who was chastised for keeping his distance at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, has already achieved success in his new American venture with Los Angeles FC. He hasn’t even put his shirt on yet.
All of this was evident in Bale’s reception on Thursday.
After Los Angeles FC defeated the LA Galaxy 3-2, he recorded a brief video in which he spoke Spanish, watched the Los Angeles derby as a spectator, and even went onto the field to celebrate with his new teammates and supporters.
— LAFC (@LAFC) July 9, 2022
He entertained the audience by singing and dancing in a manner that contrasted with the quiet profile he had always maintained during his nine years in Madrid, all while holding a megaphone, wearing casual clothes, and already establishing a rapport with his new teammates.
Bale spoke with ESPN ahead of his official debut against Nashville on Sunday, July 17.
“It’s a new club, but it’s very glamorous and appealing,” Bale said.
“Talking to them made me feel like I was doing the right thing.” “I immediately felt at ease.” “I can’t wait to get started and play in front of these incredible fans.”
The Welshman signed a one-year contract with the club, with the option to extend it until 2024.
“I just want to play, make my mark, and help win a trophy,” Bale said.
“I can also help the young players by giving them advice, showing them what I do, and always being there for them.”