Gareth Bale labelled best British footballer in history as agent backs Wales legend’s decision to retire – but says professional golf career is unlikely

    Gareth Bale’s agent has revealed the Wales legend ‘has some ideas’ about he’s going to do next after announcing his retirement.

    However, it appears turning his hand to his other love, golf, at a professional level is probably not on the cards.

    Bale enjoyed huge success in a 16-year career

    Bale enjoyed huge success in a 16-year career

    The former Real Madrid, Tottenham, Southampton and LAFC star announced his retirement from both club and international football aged 33 on Monday.

    He leaves the game as one of Britain’s best-ever players, having won 18 trophies in his club career, including five Champions League titles.

    But his agent, Jonathan Barnett, has told talkSPORT Bale stands above all others as the greatest player in the history of British football.

    On Bale’s retirement, Barnett said in an exclusive interview on Drivetime: “It’s completely Gareth’s decision, he thinks it’s the right time and I agree it is.

    “It’s been on his mind. Obviously the World Cup was something that he wanted to do and he was working towards that and I think it’s great that he’s finally made a decision. He’s very happy and content now.”

    Barnett added: “I think he realised his body is not what it was and he didn’t want to put himself through it anymore.

    Bale signed off his stellar career playing for Wales at the World Cup – Wales’ first finals since 1958

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    Bale signed off his stellar career playing for Wales at the World Cup – Wales’ first finals since 1958

    “When you reach a level that he’s at I think it’s important that you bow out at the right time. He doesn’t need to do anything else, he’s proved everything, he’s got a list of achievements that are quite amazing.

    “I think he’s the best player Britain has ever produced. Why carry on? He couldn’t play at the level he wanted to anymore.”

    Bale’s passion for golf is well-documented. He caused controversy in November 2019 – and absolute outrage in Spain – for holding up a sign reading ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid. In that Order’ as he celebrated Wales’ qualification for Euro 2020.

    It’s been suggested Bale could pursue a career as a professional golfer now that he’s hung up his football boots.

    Barnett has his doubts about that, although admitted his client could ‘surprise’ us all by switching sports.

    Football. Golf. Could it really happen for Bale?

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    Football. Golf. Could it really happen for Bale?

    Barnett said: “I think he’s going to think about things. Today is different to years ago… he’ll be all right, he’s got enough to live for another couple of weeks!

    “He’ll do things that he’s happy to do and that’s the greatest thing… he’ll wake up and decide what he wants to do and when he wants to do it.

    “There’s no rush and he’s got some ideas.”

    Asked about his chances of becoming a golfer, Barnett said: “I don’t think so.

    “But who knows, he could surprise everybody and just do it!”

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