Spurs target could retire according to shock pundit claim

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has been tipped to quit football by talkSPORT pundit Alan Brazil, via This is Futbol.

What’s the word?

Bale has been heavily linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu this summer, with Tottenham Hotspur touted as potential suitors.

The Wales international left Spurs in 2013, of course, becoming the world’s most expensive player when he completed an £85million switch to the European giants.

Reports claim that Bale could even leave on a free transfer this summer, such is Real’s desire to shift him from their wage bill, but Brazil has claimed that the forward could potentially give the sport up completely.

He said: “I’m told he just wants to call it a day. He’s got enough money, he can just retire and play golf.”

Not really a surprise

It is only a surprise that more players do not take this path.

Bale earns a total of £350,000-per-week at Real, which equates to £18.4million-per-year.

He signed his deal in 2016 so, in just three years, he will have racked up earnings of £55.2m. That’s before endorsements and the like are factored in, too.

The winger is understood to be fanatical about golf and, hey, if he desires a career change, he certainly has the money to make it happen.

Spurs are unlikely to be able to afford him and, if he doesn’t fancy any of the other options, perhaps “calling it a day” wouldn’t be the worst course of action for a player who has already won all there is to win in the club game.