talkSPORT host Mark Webster takes a look at tonight’s massive game between Wales and Ukraine…
Gareth Bale MBE has finally said goodbye to his European adventure. Or as some have seen, his vacation in Spain. Not, however, Real Madrid fans, it seems.
As he left the Bernabeu with their applause ringing in his ears. With, of course, a bunch of medals and, according to reports, over £200million in revenue.
While it should also be noted, he left behind an incredible £500,000 donation to the Spanish health service. A figure he has equaled for the NHS in Wales.
So the question now is, what’s next for Gareth Bale? Well, I think that question will be answered soon after the final whistle of Wales’ crucial game against Ukraine.
The showdown will take place at the Cardiff City Stadium at the home ground of Bale. A city littered with potential clues to its fate. Because in the nearly ten years he has been at Madrid, Gareth has gradually increased his footprint at home.
First came his current home in Wales. To which he added a hat-trick of replicas by 3. The 7 in Sawgrass, the “postage stamp” in Troon and the 12 in Augusta. There is probably also a shed for the lawnmower?
Then there is the city center itself. Where, in 2017, he opened a bar called Elevens. Which, like its owner, has picked up quite a bit of silverware. Three time finalist in the ‘best sports bar’ category of the Great British Pub Awards.
And now Gareth has found another place in town. Opened last month in what was once a nightclub, Par 59 is Bale in a bottle. It’s a bar and restaurant with a pair of crazy nine-hole golf courses. Where each hole has its own mini-bar, and the “caddies” are there to take your orders. FOUR… pints, please!
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett was recently quoted as saying ‘finances won’t come into (the decision)’.
So if Wales qualify? What if Gareth feels like moving out to hit a few golf balls in his back garden when he’s not picking up empties from his bars? There’s a football club in town that’s sure to scare him away? !
Because as they say, you can take the boy out of Cardiff…
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