Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid was finally sealed on Sunday, with the Welshman joining the Spanish giants on a six-year deal.
The fee has not been revealed by either Real or Tottenham, but it is tipped to be a world record, surpassing the £80million spent by Real when they signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
The transfer represents a significant step in the 24-year-old's already outstanding career and here we look back at Bale's life in football, tracking his meteoric rise from talented teenager to international superstar...
1989: Bale is born in Cardiff on July 16, to parents Frank and Debbie. Football is in Bale's blood from birth, with his uncle, Chris Pike, a former Cardiff City player.
1997: He is spotted as an eight-year-old while playing for a Cardiff Civil Service side. Bale impresses Rod Ruddick - involved in Southampton's academy - at a football tournament in Newport. He begins training sessions at the club's satellite academy in Bath shortly after.
2003: Bale is reported to have run the 100m sprint in 11.4 seconds at school at the age of 14, when he also begins travelling to Southampton for training.
2005: He joins Southampton officially, signing trainee terms with the club.
2006: April 17 - The Welshman becomes the second-youngest player to ever represent Southampton in a 2-0 win against Millwall, at the age of 16 years and 275 days. Only Theo Walcott (16 years, 143 days) was younger.
May 27: Bale becomes the youngest ever Welshman to play for the senior team, making his debut in a 2-1 friendly win against the Trinidad & Tobago in Austria. Aged 16 years and 315 days, Bale comes on as a substitute and provides the assist for Rob Earnshaw's late winner.
July 16: Turns 17 and marks the celebration with the signing of his first professional Southampton contract.
August 6: Scores a free-kick on the opening day of the 2006-07 season as Southampton draw 2-2 with Derby. The goal is Bale's first for the club.
September 5: A first Wales start follows in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Brazil at White Hart Lane.
October 7: The records continue to tumble as Bale becomes Wales' youngest-ever scorer when he nets a free-kick in a 5-1 loss to Slovakia in a Euro 2008 qualifier.
2007: March 4 - As part of an excellent season in the Championship for Southampton, in which he scored five goals from 38 appearances at left-back, Bale is crowned the Football League Young Player of the Year.
May 12: Bale limps off injured in Southampton's 2-1 loss to Derby County in the first leg of their play-off semi-final. They eventually lose in a penalty shootout, with the fixture at St. Mary's Stadium Bale's last as a Southampton player.
May 25: Tottenham agree an initial £5 million fee for Bale, potentially rising to £10 million dependent on future success. The player moves to White Hart Lane to continue his rise through British football.
July 12: Bale makes his Tottenham debut in a friendly against St Patrick's Athletic. Tottenham win 1-0.
August 26: A Premier League debut follows, with Bale stepping out in Tottenham's 1-0 loss to Manchester United.
September 1: Bale's first Premier League goal comes in a 3-3 draw at Fulham.
September 15: Tottenham fans take to Bale immediately, as he scores a free-kick in a 3-1 derby loss to rivals Arsenal.
December 2: Bale suffers a season-ending foot injury in a 3-2 defeat at Birmingham City.
2009: September 26 - After playing 24 Premier League matches without featuring in a win, Bale finally breaks an unwanted hoodoo, as he plays a part in Tottenham's 5-0 triumph against Burnley.
2010: May 7 - Bale signs a new four-year deal with Tottenham after helping them to a fourth-placed Premier League finish with a series of excellent performances.
October 20: The winger announces himself on the European stage, scoring an incredible hat-trick in a 4-3 UEFA Champions League defeat to Inter Milan at the San Siro.
November 2: Bale repeats the trick against Inter, starring in a 3-1 group-stage win at White Hart Lane.
2011: March 19 - Bale signs another contract with Tottenham, this time for a four-and-a-half year term.
2012: January 18 - Announced as a member of UEFA's Team of the Year for 2011.
June 27: After more impressive form, Bale signs a new four-year deal. It his third new contract in just over two years.
October 20: Bale's first child - daughter Alba Violet - is born, as the Welshman begins the season in outstanding form.
2013: February 7 - Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admits the club are unlikely to keep Bale if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
April 28: Bale wins the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year at the PFA awards.
May 19: A goal on the final day of the Premier League season against Sunderland helps Tottenham to a 1-0 win. Bale finishes the campaign with 21 goals in 33 appearances but Spurs finish fifth and miss the Champions League spots.
August 22: After weeks of speculation linking Bale with a Real Madrid move, the Spanish club offers shirt printing with 'Bale 11' on the back on their official website.
August 28: Bale refuses to train at Tottenham for the second day in a row as Real Madrid's world-record bid for him apparently nears completion.
September 1: Bale's move to Real Madrid is finally confirmed, shortly after Tottenham lose 1-0 to Arsenal.
|Valdez joins Frankfurt|
|Jovetic ready to shine|
|Simeone hails Griezmann qualities|
|Monk unsure over De Guzman future|
|Benitez: Michu will take time to adjust|
|Diaby confident of staying fit|
|Shaw not fit enough, says Van Gaal|
|MLS Preview: RSL look for attacking spark|
|Monk slaps ´astronomical´ price on Bony´s head|
|Australian clubs looking at Ronaldinho|
|Sinclair enjoying ´one of the best pre-seasons´|
|Spiranovic surgery a success|
|Seattle Sounders 0 Los Angeles Galaxy 3: First-half blitz fires Californians to victory|
|Lemina thrilled with Bielsa effect|
|Bayern´s Green chomping at the bit|
|Palace complete US tour with easy win|
|Carragher: Liverpool didn´t want me|
|Simeone: Atleti´s La Liga triumph was no fluke|
|Sturridge: ´I´ll step up´|
|Van Gaal: Formation gives United flexibility|
|Mathieu insists age is no barrier|
|Martinez the deal sealer, says Besic|
|Coaches embrace blockbuster Serie A start|
|Ronaldinho to leave Atletico Mineiro|
|Lorient capture Ayew|
|Celtic loan Berget, sell Watt|
|Pires signs up for Indian Super League|
|Allegri set for early San Siro reunion in maiden Juve campaign|
|Bakayoko makes Monaco move|
|Bakayoko makes Monaco move|
|Lens granted Ligue 1 place|
|UEFA Champions League Preview: Red-hot Salzburg face Qarabag|
|Parma bring in Cassani from Fiorentina|
|De Vrij set for Lazio|
|BREAKING NEWS: Everton complete Besic signing|
|Kongolo pens Feyenoord extension|
|Redknapp confirms Granero exit|
|Advocaat confirmed as Serbia coach|
|CSL Preview: Henan aim to escape drop zone, Liaoning host Guangzhou RandF|
|Arribas makes Sevilla switch|
|Chambers joins Arsenal|
|Ospina buoyed by Arsenal recruitment|
|Liverpool´s loss is our gain, says Redknapp on Remy|
|Ferdinand: I would still be at United with Giggs in charge|
|Pepe targets Super Cup glory|
|Martinez prioritising striker signing|
|Perez not looking to leave Benfica|
|Klopp itching to work with full Dortmund squad|
|Mourinho: It feels like Drogba never left|
|FIFA asks for FIGC review into alleged racist remark|
|Hull to review Maguire deal|
|Wenger prepared to gamble on Chambers|
|Atletico agree Griezmann deal|
|Irvine planning further striker addition|
|Campbell: Black professionals scared to talk about racism|
|Mata backs Herrera to star in Premier League|
|Injured Rafael returning to Manchester|
|Schmidt demands more from Leverkusen|
|Copa Libertadores Preview: Defensor Sporting banking on home record|
|Remy´s Liverpool move off, confirms Rodgers|
|Inzaghi demands nastiness from Milan|
|MLS Review: Timbers triumph in Montreal, Dallas thwart Vancouver|
|Jovetic ready to lead City line - Pellegrini|
|Lewandowski impresses Ribery, Alaba|
|Colombian Primera A Review: Three clubs remain perfect, Atletico Nacional get off the mark|
|Rodgers: ´We can score goals´ without Suarez|
|Chilean Primera Division Review: Canales brace powers Universidad Chile|
|Atletico Madrid need penalties to edge past Earthquakes|
|Liga MX Review: Monterrey, America stay perfect|
|Paraguayan Primera Division Review: Capiata set pace|
|Brazilian Serie A Review: Cruzeiro win again, Kaka scores|
|Sterling goal sees Liverpool past Olympiacos|
|Peruvian Primera Division Review: Los Caimanes notch maiden win, Inti Gas claim top spot|
|CAF Champions League Review: Zamalek held, Vita Club leave it late|
|Jovetic at the double as Manchester City thrash Milan|
|Monk thrilled by Sigurdsson contribution|
|Lovren signs for Liverpool|
|Mourinho pleased with Olimpija test|
|Vertonghen eager to remain at Spurs|
|Sigurdsson marks Swansea return with a brace|
|Lewandowski, Rode help Bayern retain Telekom Cup|
|Immobile scores and suffers injury in Dortmund win|
|Costa scores on Chelsea debut|
|CAF Confederation Cup Review: Leopards de Dolisie 1 Real Bamako 2|
|Thai Premier League Review: Buriram pull clear, Police edge away from danger|
|Falcao nears Monaco return|
|CSL Review: Harbin Yiteng produce another upset, Evergrande stretch lead|
|Britton and Emnes to miss season-opener|
|Taylor-Fletcher strike sinks Everton|
|J.League Review: Chasing pack close on Urawa Reds, Tokushima Vortis secure rare win|
|Ancelotti expects fresh Bale to be even better|
|Simeone keen on Griezmann|
|Mazzarri refuses to set Inter targets|
|Lazio director targeted by fans|
|Dyche rules out Deeney move|
|Rummenigge: Bayern will never sack Guardiola|
|BREAKING NEWS: Arsenal to bring in Ospina|
|Pochettino quiet on Schneiderlin link|
|Vidic settling into Inter life|
|Van Gaal hints at Zaha United future|
|Di Maria will report for training - Ancelotti|
|Wilshere vows to answer critics|
|Rodgers expecting titles|
|Deila demands Celtic cutting edge|
|Rodgers: We won´t rush Lallana|
|Wenger: We have to be better against top-level teams|
|FIGC presidential candidate uses racist slur|
|MLS Review: Columbus claim second straight win, Toronto falter|
|Villa battle past Dynamo in Houston|
|United more efficient, says Garcia|
|Pedestrian Tottenham edge past Chicago Fire|
|Van Gaal bemoans display|
|CS Sfaxien 1 ES Tunis 0: Troussier era opens with a win|
|Icardi stars from the spot as Inter overcome Real Madrid|
|Arsenal upstaged by Red Bulls|
|Pre-Season Friendly Review: Rooney stars for United, Bayern reach Telekom final|
|In-form Rooney inspires Manchester United win|