Published By: Vivek Ganapathy
Last Updated: September 16, 2023, 15:05 IST
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Gareth Bale in PGA Tour 2K23 Golf Video Game. (Twitter)
The 34-year-old Welshman made his PGA Tour debut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February after calling time on his glittering football career at the start of the year.
Gareth Bale’s love for golf has been well-documented and the former Real Madrid and Wales forward has swapped the pitch for the green after becoming a playable character in the PGA Tour 2K23 video game.
Bale, 34, made his PGA Tour debut at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February after calling time on his glittering football career at the start of the year. He also teed off alongside Rory McIlroy at this week’s BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am.
Después de retirarse del fútbol profesional a los 33 años y comenzar su historia con el golf, Gareth Bale ahora será un personaje disponible en el videojuego PGA Tour 2K23 ⛳️🎮 pic.twitter.com/guWce8Qj4G— VarskySports (@VarskySports) September 14, 2023
His passion for the sport often led to criticism while he was in Madrid, especially in 2019 after he celebrated with a Welsh flag which read: ”Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”
The former Wales captain, who was featured on the cover of Electronic Arts’ FIFA 14 video game alongside Lionel Messi, has now been added to PGA Tour 2K23, which includes a course custom-designed by him.
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”I’m Gareth Bale. I’m here getting scanned in PGA Tour 2K23,” he said in a video shared on social media.
Bale played for Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur before joining Real in 2013 for a then-world record deal worth 100 million euros ($106.55 million), where he won five Champions League titles among several other major honours.
He led Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals and to their first World Cup since 1958 at last year’s tournament in Qatar. Bale’s tally of 111 caps and 41 international goals are both records for the Wales men’s team.
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – Reuters)