Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has proved his passion for golf, and is surprised that some fans have a problem with it.
The former Southampton and Tottenham man has tried to defend himself from allegations that he is more concerned with his handicap than with his on-field footballing exploits. He has reacted to his critics on The Erik Anders Lang Show:
“Many people have trouble with me playing golf. I don’t know exactly why. I’ve talked about it many times and everybody thinks it’s okay, but there’s that perception especially in the media that I should rest, that it can lead to injury.”
He pointed out that there is a very different attitude in the United States, where NBA Superstar Stephen Curry can be found on the course on the morning before games:
“I see people in America, for instance Stephen Curry, playing the game on the same morning. If I’m practicing two days before the game here it’s like: ’What are you doing?’”
Bale, who came from the bench to score a double in the final victory over Liverpool in Real Madrid’s 2018 Champions League, had a difficult campaign in Spain, where he suffered a number of troubling injury problems.