People have been somewhat excita-Bale in Wales over the past two weeks and we at Wealthify are no exception!
Ever since the first ball whistled into the net against Slovakia on 11 June, Euro-phoria has been in full swing, with Welsh hearts full to bursting with excitement and pride for the Wales football team and their talisman, Gareth Bale.
As the parents of football-obsessed teenagers everywhere will know, Bale’s rise to footballing superstardom didn’t happen by chance. Despite his obvious and natural ability for creating supremely poetic moments of genius with a ball, training, building and nurturing a future top-flight player still requires an enormous investment on the part of the family, in time, money and emotional distress – not to mention all the voices lost screaming encouragement (or instructions) from the side-lines. Mums and Dads up and down the UK will, no doubt, relate closely to this and be familiar with the arduous schedule of ferrying to and from training, weekends lost in motorway queues, the endless costs of kit and boots and the dreaded laundry-duty. Not to mention the hours spent freezing to death in parks across the country in pursuit of their offspring’s dream, no matter how slight their chance of actually becoming a professional player.
The Bales’ investment in their son of course did pay off and we in Wales will forever be in their debt. And on that note, for a bit of fun, we decided to tot up exactly how much we’re indebted to them and created a little infographic for your enjoyment. Diolch yn fawr Mr & Mrs Bale!
N.b: We are of course equally indebted to Mr and Mrs Ramsey, Hennessey, Allen, Taylor, Williams, Ledley... and the rest of the Wales squad, and Mr & Mrs Coleman for that matter. Good luck for the rest of the tournament - pob lwc bois!
*All costs are estimates and not to be taken literally.
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