Following Gareth Bale's retirement announcement, Real Madrid show their "affection and devotion."

 At the age of 33, Wales captain and former Real and Tottenham star Bale revealed his decision to hang up his boots.

 It ends a remarkable career in which he attained a record 111 caps for Wales.

Earned five Champions League championships with the Spanish giants, among other accomplishments.

The Bernabeu club, which in 2013 acquired Bale from Spurs in a then-record £85.1 million transaction and together won 19 championships.

"Real Madrid wants to express their gratitude, appreciation, and love for a great legend of our club and of football worldwide," it read.

When England's captain Harry Kane's squad faced Wales in the World Cup, he most recently shared the field with former Spurs teammate Bale.

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