Gareth Bale given No 50 shirt as hereturns to action for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale bizarrely given No 50 shirt as winger returns to action for Real Madrid in friendly against AC Milan following return from loan spell at Tottenham

  • Gareth Bale was bizarrely given the No 50 shirt as Real Madrid faced AC Milan
  • The winger is back at Real following his season-loan loan spell at Tottenham
  • Before he went on loan Bale’s No 11 shirt was given to Marco Asensio 

Gareth Bale has bizarrely been given the No 50 shirt on his return to action for Real Madrid.

The winger is back at Real following his loan spell at Tottenham and was named in the starting lineup for the friendly against AC Milan on Sunday.

However, the Wales international was given what seems like an unnecessarily high squad number. 

Gareth Bale was bizarrely given the No 50 shirt for Real Madrid’s friendly against AC Milan

Bale previously wore the No 11 shirt for Real from 2013 to 2020.

However, before he headed to Tottenham on loan the shirt was given to Marco Asensio instead.

Asensio wasn’t involved against Milan as he played for Spain at the Olympics.   

The likes of Luka Jovic and Martin Odegaard don’t have permanent squad numbers after coming back from loan but haven’t been given a temporary number as high as Bale’s. 

Bale wore No 11 for Real between 2013 and 2020 but that number was then given to Marco Asensio

The Wales international still has one year remaining on his contract with Real Madrid

The use of the number 50 may seem strange, but that was also the number that Eden Hazard wore when he made his Real debut in a friendly against Bayern Munich in 2019.

Hazard was later assigned a lower squad number and it is anticipated that the same scenario will occur for Bale if he remains part of the squad.

Bale is now into the final year of his contract with Real.

During his time at the club he has made 251 appearances, scoring 105 goals and providing 68 assists. He has won the Champions League four times, La Liga on three occasions and the Copa del Rey once.




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