Gareth Bale rents $500k island to propose to girlfriend
The Wales forward, who was also celebrating his 27th birthday, rented the island of Tagomago for a staggering $500,000 to ask Emma Rhys-Jones to marry him.
Thankfully for Bale it turned out to be money well spent.
She said yes!! This is a birthday weekend I won't forget for a long time ???? pic.twitter.com/FQWSiLbLGU— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 17, 2016
The island includes a five-bedroom villa styled by world-leading interior designers. There are also spacious terraces and a large swimming pool for visitors to enjoy. The getaway comes complete with a helipad for easy access.
They were joined during the week-long trip by a handful of close friends and family to help them celebrate the engagement and Bale's birthday.
In addition to earning nearly $400,000 a week at the Bernabeu, Bale was handed a $660,000 bonus after Real Madrid's Champions League success in May.
He was one of the stars of the recent Euro 2016 tournament, scoring three goals as Wales reached the semi-finals.
The newly-engaged couple have been together since they were teenagers, having met at school in Cardiff.
They have two children together - three-year old Alba Violet and Nava Valentina, who was born in March this year.
It’s actually the second time Bale has popped the question. He originally proposed to Rhys-Jones back in 2013, but the couple postponed the wedding after Emma's dad, Martin, was arrested on suspicion of a $4 million global fraud.
He pleaded guilty to the scam earlier this year and faces up to 10 years in jail. He is set to be sentenced during August.