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As he recovers from a hamstring injury, Gareth Bale has claimed to be Real Madrid's "No. 1 golfer."

Bale has been a success story for Real Madrid since signing from Tottenham in 2012, winning many Liga and Champions League trophies, but his dedication to the club has been questioned due to his passion for another sport.

While on international service in 2019, the Welshman sparked controversy by holding up a sign that read 'Wales. Madrid. Golf. 'In that order.' After representing his country, he has once again risked the wrath of his fans.

What's been said so far?

Bale spent the weekend at the Spanish Open at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, where he spoke to reporters about who the finest golfer in the Santiago Bernabeu dressing room is.

"There are just two of us playing golf in the Real Madrid dressing room, so without a question, I'm the No. 1 golfer on the team," the 32-year-old remarked. Thibaut Courtois is the other player, but he isn't as good as me."

"Whenever I get the chance and there's a golf tournament nearby, I come to watch it," Bale said of the differences between football and golf. The mood, the throng, the pleasant weather, and, to be honest, these people perform admirably.

It's incredible how good they play given the circumstances. Football is unique in that it involves pressure as well as dealing with a referee. The problem is, golf is a much more mental game; I'm under more pressure here than when I'm playing in front of 80,000 people."

When will Bale be back in action?

Bale made three appearances for Real at the start of the 2021-22 season before suffering an injury in training and being injured.

The winger hasn't played for Carlo Ancelotti's side since a 1-0 win over Real Betis on August 28, and he is unlikely to play again until November at the earliest.

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