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Inside the life of Gareth Bale, including private course in back garden, Cardiff bar, stunning homes, and car collection

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YOU can bet Gareth Bale had his eyes on The Open this weekend.

The Real Madrid forward, who is said to have agreed a £1m-per-week offer to play his football in China, loves golf so much he had a three-hole course made in the garden of his Wales mansion.

 Gareth Bale is golf-obsessed and has his own golf course in his home

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Gareth Bale is golf-obsessed and has his own golf course in his homeCredit: Instagram @garethbale11
 Real Madrid star Bale is expected to leave the club, according to reports

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Real Madrid star Bale is expected to leave the club, according to reportsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Former Spurs star Bale, 30, who leads an incredibly private life in Spain, has rented the home of Brazil legend Kaka for the past six years he’s spent at the La Liga giants.

There, he’s filled the lavish property’s garage with some of the world’s most stunning motors, and lives with his gorgeous childhood sweetheart Emma Rhys-Jones and their brood.

If that’s not enough, with his whopping salary he bought his own bar in Cardiff – despite being completely teetotal.

And, trousering around £600k-per-week with Los Blancos, Bale certainly lives like a king.

HE’S GOLF-OBSESSED

Normally, footballers love to play golf AFTER they’ve hung up their boots.

But Bale just can’t get enough of the sport, spending most of his free time on the golf course working on his handicap – which is currently an impressive five.

As I moved here I had a lovely bit of land here and I had something I really wanted to do with it and decided that I would love to make a dream come true and build a mini golf course in my house.”

Gareth Bale

In 2018, work was completed on building a three-hole golf course in his estate in Wales that amazingly features copies of real holes.

His chosen three holes were the the 12th at Augusta, Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp and the tricky par-three 17th at Sawgrass.

 Bale's love of golf earned him the nickname "The Golfer" from his Real Madrid teammates

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Bale’s love of golf earned him the nickname “The Golfer” from his Real Madrid teammatesCredit: Instagram @garethbale11
 Incredibly, Bale plays off a handicap of five

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Incredibly, Bale plays off a handicap of fiveCredit: Instagram @garethbale11
 Bale built a three-hole golf course at his Wales estate that has copies of real holes on the PGA Tour

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Bale built a three-hole golf course at his Wales estate that has copies of real holes on the PGA TourCredit: Instagram @garethbale11

Bale, nicknamed “The Golfer” by his teammates, once revealed: “As I moved here I had a lovely bit of land here and I had something I really wanted to do with it and decided that I would love to make a dream come true and build a mini golf course in my house.”

When he’s back in Spain, Bale loves to take a holiday in Marbella at the five-star Finca Cortesin that not only boasts two outdoor pools and a private beach club with infinity pool, restaurant and bar, but also a stunning 18-hole golf course.

Rooms start at around £900-per-night during peak season, which is easy on the wallet for Bale.

NO HOLDS BAR-RED

In 2017, with cash to spend on investments that will last him for a life after football, Bale launched a bar.

Eleven’s Bar & Grill in Cardiff even has its on special ale named after the Wales star uninventively called ‘Bale’s Ale’.

“It’s been a dream of mine to open a sports bar in my home town of Cardiff,” Bale writes on the menu.

“Together with Brains (Brewery) we have created something very special and unique: a premium sports bar and grill in the heart of Cardiff.”

The standout food item on the menu is the Eleven’s Burger – that comes with smoked bacon, smashed avocado, Swiss cheese, tomato jam and chimichurri.

And even visitors in TripAdvisor have given their thumbs-up to the Eleven’s Bar & Grill experience.

 Bale opened up his own bar in 2017 in Cardiff

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Bale opened up his own bar in 2017 in CardiffCredit: Instagram @ElevensBarGrill
 Teetotal Bale even has an ale named after him at his bar

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Teetotal Bale even has an ale named after him at his barCredit: Instagram @ElevensBarGrill
 Punters on TripAdvisor have rated Elevens Bar Grill four and a half out of five

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Punters on TripAdvisor have rated Elevens Bar Grill four and a half out of fiveCredit: Instagram @ElevensBarGrill

It’s scored four and a half out of five from 200-plus reviews, and is ranked 88th out of 890 restaurants the reviews site has listed in Cardiff.

HIS CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART

Gareth lives in Madrid with his childhood sweetheart, Emma Rhys-Jones.

The couple began dating in the early 2000s while attending Whitchurch High School.

They got engaged in July 2016 and Gareth announced the news on social media posting: “She said yes!! This is a birthday weekend I won’t forget for a long time…”

But their love has had its difficulties.

Emma and Gareth were due to get married last year, but an on-going feud with her family put plans on ice.

Her dad Martin, 54, was released from prison in June after being imprisoned for fraud for six months in the US.

But Emma banned him from the wedding after he moved in with a florist half his age, Alina Baranova. 

Other members of her family including her aunt Jane Burns, 55, have been embroiled in a violent drugs feud.

 Bale has dated Emma Rhys-Jones since they met at school

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Bale has dated Emma Rhys-Jones since they met at schoolCredit: Instagram @garethbale11
 Bale popped the question in 2016 and the pair reportedly married this summer

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Bale popped the question in 2016 and the pair reportedly married this summerCredit: Instagram @garethbale11
 An on-going feud with Bale and Rhys-Jones' family originally delayed their wedding

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An on-going feud with Bale and Rhys-Jones’ family originally delayed their weddingCredit: PA:Empics Sport

But Bale and Emma secretly married in a hush-hush ceremony earlier this month at a five-star hotel on a Majorcan island in front of just 60 guests, according to reports.

Guests were told of the location only 24-hours before the big day, and had to hand in their mobile phones to security guards.

The couple also have three children, daughters Alba and Nava, as well as a son called Axel.

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

Ever since he signed for Los Blancos, the one-time most expensive player in the world has rented the home of Brazilian legend Kaka for a massive £10k-per-month.

Found in the exclusive Pozuelo de Alarcón part of La Finca, where a host of Real Madrid stars live, the 1,500 square metre property is built on two-storeys, and is valued at around £6.5m.

It boasts four bedrooms, an indoor pool, gym, two utility rooms, several terraces and porches, as well as a six-car garage.

Sometimes Bale, who prefers early nights to celeb bashes, ventures out to local hotspots

Bale also owns a £4m Vale of Glamorgan converted farm house (the one with the golf course) in South Wales, where he loves to live the quiet life.

 Bale rents a stunning £6.5m mansion in Madrid from Kaka

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Bale rents a stunning £6.5m mansion in Madrid from KakaCredit: Solar Pix
 Bales home is in the exclusive Pozuelo de Alarcón part of La Finca, Madrid where a host of Los Blancos stars live

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Bales home is in the exclusive Pozuelo de Alarcón part of La Finca, Madrid where a host of Los Blancos stars liveCredit: Instagram @garethbale11
 Private Bale also has a £4m home in South Wales that's heavily guarded

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Private Bale also has a £4m home in South Wales that’s heavily guardedCredit: Instagram @garethbale11

And it’s highly safe too – with Bale reportedly spending £500,000 on security officers, guard dogs and a surveillance system.

FAST CARS ARE A MUST

Whey you earn the pots of cash that Bale has over the years, you’ll be sure to get yourself a decent ride.

The wideman has been seen driving in fancy motors, including a £165k Mercedes SLS AMG, £156k Lamborghini Huracán and a £230k Ferrari GTC4Lusso.

But Wales manager Ryan Giggs has tried to get Bale to ditch his love of sports cars in the past by insisting that a roomier Range Rover might prevent muscle strains and injury.

And reportedly, Bale took note cancelling his Auto Vivendi membership that offers exclusive rentals of supercars to the footballing elite.

 Gareth Bale lives the high life because of his £600k-per-week salary

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Gareth Bale lives the high life because of his £600k-per-week salaryCredit: Instagram @garethbale11
 Bale also loves cars, driving a Lamborghini Huracan

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Bale also loves cars, driving a Lamborghini Huracan
 A £160,000 Mercedes-AMG SLS sits in Bale's car collection

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A £160,000 Mercedes-AMG SLS sits in Bale’s car collectionCredit: Instagram @garethbale11
 Ryan Giggs, Bales manager for Wales, told him to stop driving supercars because they're not spacious enough and can cause injury

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Ryan Giggs, Bales manager for Wales, told him to stop driving supercars because they’re not spacious enough and can cause injuryCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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FA and Gareth Southgate FURIOUS at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Mason Greenwood call-up claims

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England manager Gareth Southgate and the FA are furious over Manchester United’s claim that Mason Greenwood was called up for his senior debut and exposed to the media glare against the club’s wishes.

Greenwood was sent home in disgrace from Iceland along with Manchester City’s Phil Foden earlier this month after they were caught inviting girls into England’s team hotel in Reykjavik.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday that United had asked for Greenwood to be left out of the squad so he could rest following his breakthrough season at Old Trafford. Solskjaer is also upset that Greenwood was immediately put up in front of the media by the FA even though United have been careful to keep the 18-year-old out of the spotlight because of his age.

The FA and England manager Gareth Southgate are furious at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's recent claims that Manchester United asked them to not call Mason Greenwood up to senior squad

The FA and England manager Gareth Southgate are furious at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's recent claims that Manchester United asked them to not call Mason Greenwood up to senior squad

The FA and England manager Gareth Southgate are furious at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s recent claims that Manchester United asked them to not call Mason Greenwood up to senior squad

The United boss says the striker needs 'managing' and wanted Greenwood left out of squad

The United boss says the striker needs 'managing' and wanted Greenwood left out of squad

The United boss says the striker needs ‘managing’ and wanted Greenwood left out of squad

‘The club secretary put a request into the FA,’ said Solskjaer. ‘Maybe I should have got hold of Gareth’s number.

‘He’s not called me after either so next time I speak to him we’ll discuss it.

‘He’s an 18-year-old who needs managing. The kid had a fantastic season and we asked specifically he should have had a rest. He needs it mentally and physically.

‘The first thing that happens is, one, he’s called up and, two, he’s right there in the press. OK, you call him up but you don’t have to put him in front of the world’s cameras. We’ve done what we can to protect him. We had a plan with him throughout the season and it worked really well. This is where he feels at home.’

Asked if the FA need to look more carefully at how they handle young players, Solskjaer added: ‘One hundred per cent. I’m not saying it (the hotel incident) is their fault.

Solskjaer claimed 18-year-old should have been kept out of the spotlight because of his age

Solskjaer claimed 18-year-old should have been kept out of the spotlight because of his age

Solskjaer claimed 18-year-old should have been kept out of the spotlight because of his age

‘I’m saying that sometimes you need to take a step back and look at what’s best for the players and I tried.

‘Of course, he’s made some mistakes but it’s us, the grown-ups — we need to make decisions that benefit him.’

Solskjaer’s comments were met with surprise and anger at the FA. Sources say the issue of leaving Greenwood out was discussed as part of the usual dialogue between club and country over a player’s welfare, but they saw no problem with having him in the squad.

The teenager was sent home from England duty in shame after he and Phil Foden broke strict coronavirus protocols to invite Icelandic girls back to their hotel after their senior debuts

The teenager was sent home from England duty in shame after he and Phil Foden broke strict coronavirus protocols to invite Icelandic girls back to their hotel after their senior debuts

The teenager was sent home from England duty in shame after he and Phil Foden broke strict coronavirus protocols to invite Icelandic girls back to their hotel after their senior debuts

They also claimed United were informed out of courtesy of the intention to put Greenwood up for interview and no objections were raised at the time — while there is amazement at the FA that Solskjaer does not have Southgate’s number.

The England manager is also unhappy over the accusations, particularly after he went out of his way to defend United captain Harry Maguire following his arrest in Mykonos last month.

Southgate picked Maguire in his squad for the games against Iceland and Denmark on the day of his trial in Greece because he wanted to show support, before being forced to drop the player when he was found guilty.

Maguire’s conviction was later nullified pending a retrial.

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Gareth Bale ‘will have to wait a month for his second Tottenham debut after knee injury with Wales

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Tottenham have reportedly received some bad news about Gareth Bale just as the Welshman is about to make his long-awaited return to the club.

The 31-year-old, along with full-back Sergio Reguilon, have both been at Tottenham’s training ground on Friday as they finalise a move to the Premier League club.

Bale however has been suffering from the effects of a minor knee problem he picked up on international duty with Wales earlier this month.

Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham's training ground on Friday as he is set to return to the club

Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham's training ground on Friday as he is set to return to the club

Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham’s training ground on Friday as he is set to return to the club

And Marca have now reported that Spurs fans ‘will have to wait a month’ to see Bale make his return in the Tottenham shirt.

It would mean that Bale would miss an intense run of fixtures for Jose Mourinho’s side over the coming weeks.

Bale will be put on an intensive personalised fitness programme to get him up to speed due to the injury and his lack of recent matches, having played just 215 minutes of football for club and country since February.

Spurs fans might have to wait for his second debut due to an injury he received with Wales

Spurs fans might have to wait for his second debut due to an injury he received with Wales

Spurs fans might have to wait for his second debut due to an injury he received with Wales

The winger had long fallen out of favour at Real Madrid with manager Zinedine Zidane and was often left on the bench. 

Spurs will prepare a meticulous schedule to get him 100 per cent fit as soon as possible.

Bale, who underwent medical tests in Madrid, arrived to a hero’s welcome from jubilant supporters when he arrived at the club’s training ground, seven years after leaving to join Real Madrid in a then world record £86 million transfer.

 The Wales international, 31, agreed a season-long loan earlier this week, with Real Madrid subsidising at least half of his £500,000 per-week wages.

The deal, which as revealed by Sportsmail will cost Spurs £13m in wages, does not include an option or obligation for Spurs to buy Bale though they will have an option extend the loan for a second year.

Jose Mourinho's side are set to bring Bale and full-back Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho's side are set to bring Bale and full-back Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho’s side are set to bring Bale and full-back Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen to retain an option to bring Bale back to the Bernabeu next summer, despite the player’s fall-out with manager Zinedine Zidane.

Spurs have also finalised the capture of Real left back Sergio Reguilon. The club have agreed a £27.5 m deal with a further £4.5 m due in add-ons.

He has signed a five-year deal, with Spurs agreeing to Madrid’s demand for a £36.5 m buyback clause — a demand Manchester United refused in their pursuit of the player — which can be activated in the next two years. Neither deal was completed in time for the pair to be involved in their trip to Southampton.

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Rory McIlroy is on the slide as Winged Foot kicks back

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All the familiar criticisms surrounding Rory McIlroy and his allegedly one-dimensional game surfaced once more on a day when Winged Foot exacted a most terrible revenge.

It should be said the Northern Irishman was in good company in failing to live up to the promise of his opening 67 in the US Open with a disappointing 76.

But it inevitably led to trenchant commentators such as Sir Nick Faldo and Paul McGinley lamenting McIlroy’s palpable lack of a Plan B when the going gets tough.

Rory McIlroy was criticised for the lack of a Plan B when the going gets tough for him

Rory McIlroy was criticised for the lack of a Plan B when the going gets tough for him

Rory McIlroy was criticised for the lack of a Plan B when the going gets tough for him 

And boy, was it tough. We knew there would be a price to pay for the USGA getting the set-up horribly wrong on day one and making it far too easy. It duly arrived, as Winged Foot well and truly put the boot in.

First round leader Justin Thomas fared eight shots worse than his opening 65 with a 73. Just as he did at the same venue in 2006, Tiger Woods missed the halfway cut, tumbling out following rounds of 73, 77. Lee Westwood was another victim, like McIlroy reversing the figures of his opening 67 with a 76. The list went on.

Imagine what it is going to be like over the weekend? Almost inevitably, it will get tougher still. It might not be to the taste of everyone but no one can deny that a proper US Open has broken out. The reputation of this magnificent monster of a venue has been restored. Bring on the misery.

Whatever happened to the sublime McIlroy who stroked one beautiful shot after another on day one? He was there on his opening hole, with a majestic birdie. He was barely seen again. McIlroy dropped no fewer than six shots over the next seven holes. He will start the third round seven behind.

The Northern Irishman was not the only one to struggle on the second day at Winged Foot

The Northern Irishman was not the only one to struggle on the second day at Winged Foot

The Northern Irishman was not the only one to struggle on the second day at Winged Foot

When Bryson DeChambeau declared on the eve of the event that he was going to bludgeon Winged Foot into submission, it is fair to say that gales of laughter broke out once that rather broad back was turned.

Who bullies this venue, for heaven’s sake? Well, on this compelling second day, one of the few still standing at the end was the scientist who might not be quite so mad after all.

On his final hole, the par-five ninth on the course, the fascinating 27-year-old American flexed those enormous muscles for a 365-yard drive and a lofted iron next to the flag for an eagle three and a wonderful 68.

It left him in second place on three under, one shot off the halfway lead held by former Masters champion Patrick Reed, and set the scene for a seismic battle of wills this weekend between the game’s macho man and a course with a DNA designed to repel such wanton aggression. Who’s your money on?

‘It’s all about hitting fairways and if I can do that I can continue to score well,’ insisted DeChambeau, who, following his first round 69, had opened with consecutive rounds under par for the first time in a major.

Whatever you think of his bulked-up frame and determination to bulldoze the game’s accepted wisdom, one thing you can’t question is his dedication. He was out there practising late on Thursday night because he had heard the weather would be cooler on Friday morning and wanted to hit shots in similar temperatures. He got his reward all right.

Bryson DeChambeau hit an impressive eagle to help secure a 36-hole score of three under par

Bryson DeChambeau hit an impressive eagle to help secure a 36-hole score of three under par

Bryson DeChambeau hit an impressive eagle to help secure a 36-hole score of three under par

Reed was out in the tougher afternoon conditions and was one of the few whose body language suggested he was enjoying the grind. Consistent American Harris English, Thomas and Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello are two behind.

World No 2 John Rahm is five shots adrift following a 72 and No 1 Dustin Johnson is seven behind after a 70.

What a contrast with day one. All it took was a little wind, a slight firming of the greens and tougher flag positions for the slippery slopes on this forbidding venue to do their diabolical work. Who wants a birdie-fest at this major?

Day two at Winged Foot Golf Course saw casualties for many big-name players in US Open

Day two at Winged Foot Golf Course saw casualties for many big-name players in US Open

Day two at Winged Foot Golf Course saw casualties for many big-name players in US Open

Spaniard John Rahm started strongly but regressed to finish give shots behind DeChambeau

Spaniard John Rahm started strongly but regressed to finish give shots behind DeChambeau

Spaniard John Rahm started strongly but regressed to finish give shots behind DeChambeau

Gifted Belgian Thomas Pieters got to six under for the event but had fallen back to level par by the finish. He was gutted signing his scorecard but sensible enough to know that his halfway total will look an awful lot healthier this morning.

Bubba Watson showed the craft and imagination that saw him win two Masters titles to stand at three under for his round playing the 18th hole. Just under 500 yards from sanctuary but what a third of a mile in front of him.

The maverick lefty saw one chip to the viciously sloping green come back to his feet as he became yet another casualty of this brutal closing hole — yet another to run up a double bogey.

Tiger might have been the biggest name but there were plenty more high-profile players who will not be around this weekend, including poor Jordan Spieth, who had 11 bogeys and no birdies in a wretched 81.

The culling of the 13-strong English contingent included the likes of Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton, fancied by many in the build-up to claim a first major win. Justin Rose and Ian Poulter also missed out. 

World number one Dustin Johnson slipped further adrift from the top after scoring a 70

World number one Dustin Johnson slipped further adrift from the top after scoring a 70

World number one Dustin Johnson slipped further adrift from the top after scoring a 70

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