GARETH BALE AWARDED MBE FOR SERVICES TO FOOTBALL AND CHARITY
ICM Stellar Sports client Gareth Bale has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The five-times Champions League winner said he was “deeply humbled” by the award, which recognises his services to football and charity.
“Receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list is a very proud moment for my family and I. To be given this news as we prepare to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee makes it feel even more special,” said Gareth.
“I joined a football academy at the age of 9, so the sport is a defining part of my identity.
“I recognise the privilege of being able to do what I love, and for all of the incredible moments, experiences, achievements and memories football has given me. I hope I have been able to give just as much back.
“Football is my whole life and I am deeply humbled to be recognised by the Queen.”
Gareth, 32, has been a ICM Stellar client since he was 16 years old and during that time has been hailed as one of the greatest and most richly rewarded footballers of all time
Gareth’s career has so far seen him win 20 major titles and more than 100 caps for Wales. In September 2013, ICM Stellar negotiated his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for a then world-record £86million.
The award not only recognises Gareth’s phenomenal contribution to football but also his charitable giving, including donations of more than £1million to medical causes during the covid pandemic.
Executive Chairman of ICM Stellar, Jonathan Barnett, said: “Gareth is not only an amazing player but also a model professional who has given so much joy to football fans around the world and done so much to help Wales compete at the highest level.
“He is delighted to receive this honour and everyone at ICM Stellar is extremely proud of him.”