Bale bowed out of international football at the highest level by playing in a World Cup, even though Wales went home early in a disappointing return to the tournament.
At a domestic level, the Tottenham star was bought by Real Madrid for a then world record fee of £85.1million and would go on to spend nine years at the Bernabeu.
Even though his time in the Spanish capital was full of ups and downs, he would depart after becoming the most decorated British player to grace foreign shores.
The attacker was central to four of the five Champions League titles won by Madrid during his spell and memorably scored a wonder goal in the triumph over Liverpool in 2018.
41 - A Wales men's team goalscoring record, eclipsing the previous best of 28 by Ian Rush.
17 - Became Wales' youngest ever goalscorer on October 7, 2006 - scoring against Slovakia in a Euro 2008 qualifier with a trademark free-kick.
106 - Goals scored at Real Madrid
76 - Goals in England
3 - Goals in USA
2 - First Wales player to score two international hat-tricks - against China in March 2018 and Belarus in September 2021.
7 - Goals in Euro 2016 qualifying as Wales ended a 58-year wait to play at a major tournament.
3 - Goals against England, Slovakia and Russia at Euro 2016. In doing so, he became the first player to score in all three group games at the Euros since Milan Baros and Ruud Van Nistelrooy in 2004.
2 - Free-kicks. Deadly set-pieces at Euro 2016 saw Bale become the first player to score two free-kicks at a European Championship since Germany's Thomas Hassler in 1992.
58 - Became the first Wales player to score at a major international tournament for 58 years with his swerving free-kick against Slovakia.
64 - Bale became the first Wales player to score at a World Cup for 64 years in Qatar. The previous goal had been scored by Terry Medwin against Hungary at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
The major trophies
5 - Champions League titles at Real Madrid.
3 - La Liga crowns
1 - Copa Del Rey
3 - FIFA Club World Cup
1 - MLS Cup
1 - Supporters Shield
2 - PFA Players' Player of the Year
1 - PFA Young Player of the Year
1 - Premier League Player of Season
111 - Record number of caps for Wales' men's national team
85 - Real Madrid made Bale the most expensive player in world football when they signed him from Tottenham for £85.3million in September 2013.