Gareth Bale opens Whitchurch Primary School in Cardiff

Gareth Bale Pupils lined the school driveway as Bale chatted with his former sports teacher Mark Rideout

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The world's most expensive footballer, Gareth Bale, has officially opened a new primary school in Cardiff.

The Real Madrid and Wales star was greeted by crowds of cheering pupils at Whitchurch Primary School on Friday.

The winger's former school Eglwys Newydd Primary School closed in 2012 and merged with Eglwys Wen to form the new school.

On Monday he was on Penarth pier filming an advert for a sports network.

Bale, who turned up at the school with his parents Debbie and Frank, signed shirts, balls and books, and a plaque was unveiled in his honour.

He was shown round by his former sports teacher Mark Rideout, the first to spot his talent.

Gareth Bale Bale unveiled a plaque at the school
Gareth Bale opens school Bale's former school closed in 2012 and merged with another school to form Whitchurch Primary
Gareth Bale opens school The world's most expensive footballer was happy to lend a hand

Mr Rideout said: "He was a fantastic footballer even then. At the time I'd just started teaching so I couldn't believe my luck to come across a player like this."

He described Bale as a "wonderful role model for children at this school on what can be achieved and how to handle those things".

"He'll do anything for you, whatever you ask him - whether it's to donate shirts for raffles or do school presentations, he'll always do that," he added.

Bale became the world's most expensive footballer when he was transferred from Tottenham to Real Madrid for £85.3m last year.

He has enjoyed a successful first season in Spain scoring a crucial goal as Madrid secured a 10th Champions League title, and scoring the winning goal in the Spanish cup final.

Gareth Bale Bale has enjoyed a fine first season with Real Madrid
Gareth Bale opens school The football superstar turned heads at the school
Pupils wait for Gareth Bale Pupils had made flags for the occasion

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