- Former Real Madrid star Gareth Bale retired from football after 17 years as a professional
- Bale also loves playing golf and was even nicknamed The Golfer during his time in Spain
- Macklemore, Billy Crystal and Jason Bateman are among celebrities he will compete with
Gareth Bale is trading one ball for another.
The former Real Madrid star retired from football two weeks ago, but isn't content with sitting around doing nothing.
Bale will be focusing more on his love for golf and will even be involved in a PGA Tour competition.
As reported by TalkSport, the Welsh attacker announced that he will be taking part in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. The total prize fund for the tournament sits at a whopping $9-million.
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The tournament is expected to attract 157 professional golfers and 156 amateurs. US Open winner, Matt Fitzpatrick is scheduled to compete, as are Jordan Spieth and Luke Donald.
Bale won't be the only celebrity competing either. Comedians, Bill Murray and Jason Bateman will also be competing, as will musician, Macklemore.
Bale's love for golf
It's no surprise that Bale will be competing in a golf tournament. The Welsh legend was nicknamed 'The Golfer' at Real Madrid and sometimes drew criticism from the Spanish media for playing golf a few days before games.
As reported by Goal, Bale's handicap was last reported to be a two. A two handicap means that he is better than the average amateur, but just not as good as a professional yet.
Bale retires from professional football
After 17 years as a professional footballer, Bale has made the decision to retire from the sport, Sports Brief reported.
The former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur star spent the last season with Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer, and most recently represented Wales at the FIFA World Cup.
Considered one of Britain’s greatest football exports, Bale won five Champions League titles as well as three La Liga titles.
Real Madrid's tribute to Bale
Gareth Bale will always be considered a Real Madrid great, Sports Brief has reported.
The Welsh attacker joined Los Blancos in the 2013/14 season and went on to win numerous titles with the club.
Following his sudden retirement announcement, Real Madrid paid tribute to the star on TikTok with a SpongeBob-inspired video.
Source: Sports Brief News