Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is donating nearly £1million to hospitals in the UK and Spain during the coronavirus pandemic.
The classy gesture, first revealed by The Sun, will see over £500,000 given to NHS Wales, the country which Bale originates from.
The donation has been made to the University Hospital of Wales, where the player was born.
In a video posted on Cardiff & Vale Health Charity’s social media, Bale thanked all the frontline workers for their hard work during this global health crisis.
The former Tottenham playmaker, who earns a whopping £650,000-a-week, is also set to hand over another £440,000 to hospitals around Madrid.
There have been more than 7,500 deaths in the Spanish capital during the pandemic to date, accounting to nearly a third of the country’s death toll.
The Real forward’s goodwill gestures will stand as one of the biggest donations any sportsperson has made during this period.
Prior to the suspension of football, Bale had struggled for playing time and form under Zinedine Zidane this season, scoring and assisting just two goals each in 14 LaLiga appearances.
But his agent, Jonathan Barnett, believes he is out of most clubs’ price range.
“Gareth is very happy over there,” Barnett told talkSPORT in February.
“And let’s be realistic – for most clubs he is out of their league, financially.
“It is all well and good to say, ‘give up that money and go and play somewhere else,’ but it is not all about money.
“It is about his lifestyle and his children, who have grown up in Madrid.”
Bale has won four Champions League trophies and a LaLiga title since joining Madrid for £85million from Spurs seven years ago.