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Name Gareth Bale
Gender Male
Ethnic Welsh
Job Welsh Footballer
Desc The 2012/13 PFA Young Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Season. How amusing that, at the beginning of his Spurs career, fans thought he was jinxed, with the Welshman coming close to a cut-price move to Birmingham. Over six seasons he developed from a promising left-back into one of the best forwards in the world, eventually recruited by Real Madrid for a world-record fee as Cristinao Ronaldo’s heir apparent

Affiliation

Club as Player Real Madrid
  Tottenham Hotspur
  Southampton

Relationship

Agent Jonathan Barnett

2011 11 28 Retrieve

[Wales and Tottenham star Gareth Bale on Gary Speed] It was a massive shock, I don’t think anybody ever thought anything like this would happen. Everyone is devastated and it is a massive loss to everyone in football. It is a tragedy, everyone still can’t get their head around it and all our condolences go out to his family and his kids. It is a hard time. We were on the up, he changed the way we play and the whole mentality of our game. It is a massive loss, but we will try and carry on the best we can in his honor

2013 09 04
Gareth Bale during a training session at the Vale of Glamorgan ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualifying Group A match against Macedonia

2015 03 03 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale has described winning La Decima in his first season at Real Madrid as a dream come true] It’s a dream come true, literally I think. When you’re a little boy you dream of lifting the Champions League and to lift the 10th one for Real Madrid is special and one that will go down in history

2015 10 11 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale reacts to losing 2-0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina, having also just found out they still clinched a place at UEFA EURO 2016 after Israel’s defeat to Cyprus] This is the best defeat of my life

2016 01 10 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale saddened by Benítez exit but basks in Zidane acclaim] I had a very good relationship with Rafa. Obviously, it was a big disappointment to see him go but things like this happen in football: you’re professional and you get on with it, and carry on. I’m happy at the moment. Obviously, you can never predict what happens in the future but I’m enjoying my football at the moment, so I’ll keep going

That [was] nice of him to say. We had a chat when he first came in. No matter what, I’ll always give 100% on a football pitch and that’s what I did tonight. I just want to keep playing my football. I don’t feel I need to make a statement to anyone. I know what I’m capable of and I just want to keep enjoying my football, and when I do that I play my best football

There have been comments in previous interviews and stuff [commenting on the fact that] I’ve been stuck on the right, and I didn’t have that freedom but now on the right I’m able to come in and float around a bit as well. Obviously, my main position would be on the right. I’m enjoying my football, I’m enjoying my position at the moment and hopefully I continue to do so

My best position is being able to roam around the front and try and find weaknesses in the defence, I suppose. Everybody knows where I like to play and what I like to do on the pitch, and hopefully I can keep doing it

I don’t think there was too much difference, to be honest. We’ve been working hard of late and maybe we didn’t have a bit of luck before but I think we’re all working the same amount on the football pitch. We’re all giving 100% and the most important thing is we win games and win titles

[That is something Bale believes they can still do, despite trailing both Barcelona and Atlético Madrid at the top of the table] I think this time last year we were clear and we hadn’t lost in 22 games or something. We know what can happen in the league, we know we have to keep fighting all the way; we’ll keep doing that until the last whistle

2016 04 25 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale, who should play alongside Ronaldo and Benzema, suggested City should have reached the semi-finals in the past] If anything I’m surprised they haven’t got here earlier. They’ve progressed over the years. They’ve been a force in the Premier League and are starting to be in Europe. Hopefully now we can stop them

I don’t feel I have a point to prove. I’ve played long enough to be OK about that. We want to stamp our authority and win by as many goals as we can. It’s going to be difficult. The first legs are always a bit tense, a bit cagey. It’ll be great to score goals, but all we’re going to do is give our best. Hopefully that will be enough. Whenever I step on the pitch I try and do the best I can. We all want to work together as a team. We attack together and defend together. Whoever wins the game, if we keep clean sheets it’s for all of us to celebrate. We’re a united team

We’re feeling confident at the moment. We’ve not had great performances away at Wolfsburg [losing 2-0 in previous round] we’ve learned from it and corrected it. We need to impose ourselves. We’ve looked back at Wolfsburg – we need to be a bit more patient and not go for the kill straight away. We have to be smart – attack when we can

2016 06 11 Retrieve

[Wales forward Gareth Bale on facing England at UEFA EURO 2016] It is like any derby - you never want to lose to the enemy. I think we’ve got a lot more passion and pride about us than them. We’ll definitely show that on the day

2017 03 11 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale talks about his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo] We’ve always got on well. We’ve scored a lot of goals, given each other a lot of assists, and won two Champions Leagues. So it hasn’t gone too bad. He’s changed his game slightly. At Manchester United, you’d see him running from deep. He’s more of a striker. He’s very effective in the box, scoring goals, making assists. As you get older, even I’m starting to change my game a little bit. He knows what he’s doing and he’s doing it very well

2018 01 15 Tweet

[Gareth Bale says Cyrille Regis helped him a lot when he was making his way in the game] Tragic news about Cyrille Regis. Helped me alot when i was younger and was a great man! My thought are with his family at this sad time. RIP Cyrille

2018 03 24 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale reacts to surpassing Ian Rush to become Wales’ all-time leading goalscorer after scoring a hat-trick a 6-0 win over China PR] It’s amazing, and it’s on my daughter’s birthday, so happy birthday to her and I’m disappointed I can’t be with her. It’s great individually to get the record but always the most important thing is that the team plays well and with the new manager [Ryan Giggs] it’s important to get off to a good start

: 2019 07 24 The confirmation on Wednesday that Marco Asensio ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Arsenal comes as a huge blow for Real Madrid. Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez, meanwhile, could also end up staying put

: 2019 07 27 Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has made it clear that no loan agreement will be taking his client away from Real Madrid

: 2019 07 29 Gareth Bale’s chances of moving to Jiangsu Suning are all but over after the Chinese Super League side signed Croatian striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht to reach their quota of foreign players

: 2019 07 29b Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has denied rumours that the Real Madrid forward and his family were behind the collapse of his move to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning

: 2019 07 29c Gareth Bale has not been included in Real Madrid’s 24-man squad for the Audi Cup clash against Tottenham as the Welshman looks to secure a transfer away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

: 2019 08 07 Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez have not been named in Real Madrid’s squad to face Red Bull Salzburg in a pre-season friendly match on Wednesday. Bale had reportedly agreed a £1 million-a-week deal to move to China with Jiangsu Suning back in July, but Madrid seemingly refused to let the four-time Champions League winner leave without a significant transfer fee.

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[How to do a bicycle kick in football. Gareth Bale produced an equally outstanding bicycle kick goal in the 2017-18 Champions League final for Real Madrid against Liverpool] It was just one of those things. It was the perfect height and it’s just instinct, you just try these things. Thankfully it came off. I made a great connection with the ball and it was great to see it go into the back of the net

2019 09 05 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale has hit back at his critics, saying they ‘don’t know what they are on about’, and claims to have embraced his ‘golfer’ nickname at Real Madrid] I don’t listen to the critics because they don’t really know what they are on about! I don’t read anything and I don’t listen to anyone. I know most people don’t know or don’t understand the situation. What they write means nothing. It didn’t impact on me too much. It’s obviously not been great, but I wouldn’t say it’s the worst time of my career. I remember not playing for a year [at Tottenham] under Harry Redknapp. It’s not been ideal, but I have been here before and I know how to deal with it. I had a great summer holiday. Coming back to pre-season I just kept my head down. I know there was a lot of talk with everybody saying whatever they wanted. I just worked hard in training and got myself ready. The things that happened will stay private with the club. If you want answers, maybe you need to ask Real Madrid. Football can turn quickly

[When quizzed on whether he now feels more settled, with two goals and a red card collected in his last outing for Real] I suppose so. The transfer window is closed now! I am obviously fully fit and I am ready to go. Maybe I wasn’t in the summer. I don’t think mentally it [the criticism] affected me at all, but not playing for four, five or six weeks meant physically I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I am a professional and I am paid to play football. You go through ups and downs and people like to say whatever they want. At the end of the day I keep working hard in training. If you keep working hard things will turn and you will get rewarded for that

I am a golfer. Have you not seen the pictures? I spoke to him [Courtois] about it and he said it as a joke. People took it out of context, but I’m very happy with the nickname to be honest. It’s a great one. Football is my No.1 sport. I’m paid to do it and I always give my best. Golf is a hobby like anyone else would have a hobby. There is nothing wrong with having a round. People make a lot of it, but a lot of footballers play and it’s one thing I really enjoy. It keeps me calmer off the pitch and gives me time away from football which is nice

2019 09 05b Retrieve

[Gareth Bale feels he has been made a scapegoat at Real Madrid and is eager to reach an amicable conclusion with the club over his future] I understand I was made more of a scapegoat than most - I take it with a pinch of salt even though maybe it’s not all fully fair. Towards the end of last season was difficult, there is no denying that, not just for me but for the team. I wouldn’t say I’m playing happy, but I’m playing. When I’m playing I am professional and I am always giving all I can, whether that be for club or country. I’m sure there’ll be plenty more turbulence, to be honest. I suppose it is something you will have to speak to Real Madrid about and it’s between me and them, and we will have to come to some sort of conclusion

[The winger, who is in line to start Wales’ crucial Euro 2020 qualifier with Azerbaijan on Friday, dismissed the notion it has been the most difficult period of his career] Coming back to pre-season, I just kept my head down and I know there was a lot of talk, with people saying the good, bad, or whatever they wanted. It wasn’t the worst time of my career. It has been not ideal, but I know how to deal with it and it’s about keeping your head down. You get rewarded with the work you put in and I’ve started the season well and did a good pre-season, even if that hasn’t been the case with the number of games. Things in football can turn quickly and it is just a matter of time.

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Wales’ slender 2-1 win over Azerbaijan. Wales hero Gareth Bale echoed his manager, also claiming that the side only needed to worry about the win no matter how it came about] The most important thing is to get the three points, no matter how you do it. At the end of the day if you win 5-0 or 1-0 it’s three points, so we look at the positives and getting the winning mentality back and go on to the next one.

2019 09 08 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale believes that Wales can still qualify for next year’s European Championships] Yeah definitely, I wouldn’t be here otherwise, I would not be wasting my time. I love playing for my country, I love trying to qualify for major tournaments and having that taste of it at Euro 2016 gives you that hunger to do it again and to experience what we did. We all still fully believe we can and we hope the public still believes and give us all the support we need because they’re the 12th man. I think we’re still working on things and there’s things we’re improving on. We’re working on [Giggs’] style of play, what he wants us to do and sometimes it does take a bit of time. I think that’s why it’s good now to have a friendly. A match situation is always more intense and more difficult to do things than in training. We still want to keep that winning mentality and get that momentum building and by winning games that’s what you do

[With his effort on Friday, the 30-year-old moved four clear of Ian Rush as the leading scorer in Wales’ history with 32] I’ve got a little target in my head but it’s just one of those personal goals. If I achieve it, great, but if I don’t then it’s okay. It’s something I’d like to do but the most important thing is to win games for my country and to give fans something to cheer about

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale admitted to playing with anger amid uncertainty over his Real Madrid future heading into Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier] You play with a lot of emotion. Anger comes into it of course, but I haven’t got anything to clear my mind about. I try and give my best whether here [with Wales] or in Madrid and I will continue to do that

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale says he wants to finally get one over on Luka Modric when Croatia visit Wales in Euro 2020 qualifying] Whenever we have played we’ve always lost by one goal and it’s always been quite a tight game. We know what a great team they are, they had a great World Cup and they have shown year after year how good they actually are. We know it is going to be very tough, but I think being at home gives us a little bit more of an advantage and we know the Welsh crowd will be behind us. We’ve played together for a long time in Tottenham and Real Madrid so we know each other quite well. It would be nice to get one over on him finally because they have beaten us a few times in the past

[Bale is one booking away from missing a qualifier through suspension, which he accepts will be on his mind against Croatia] I can’t make too many silly tackles or anything, I have to be mindful of that. I don’t want to miss any games for Wales and especially at the crunch time of the group. I guess I have to be clever with what I’m doing but maybe I have to expect that someone is going to wind me up to get me suspended

2019 10 29 Retrieve

[Real Madrid star Gareth Bale admits that he spends much of his life in his own bubble, so much so that he could not name the current Prime Minister of the UK] I don’t have anything on my phone, so unless my friends send me something or my agents tell me something I need to know, I don’t pay attention. I don’t see the need to. I look in terms of stuff financially, because it affects me in a certain way for investments or money, because things change, but I don’t read most of the nonsense… I genuinely don’t know 99 per cent of Brexit. I don’t even know who the Prime Minister is anymore. I haven’t got a clue. I can’t have a say in it, so I’m not interested. I follow the golf, that’s about it. I can tell you who’s number one in the world?

[Asked how he pictures his time after football] On the golf course. I haven’t thought about retirement too much, but I’m 30 and you have to turn your attention to it. I’m trying to set things up so I have things to do, rather than just sitting on my sofa

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale says that he finds it more exciting to play for Wales than for the Spanish giants] I definitely have more excitement playing for Wales. I’ve been with most of the older players since we were in the U17s. It’s like playing with your mates down the park on a Sunday. It’s normal. With Wales, I’m speaking my own language and feel more comfortable. But it doesn’t change what I do on the pitch. I always give 100 per cent on the pitch wherever I am, that’s what I always strive to do

[Bale rejects the criticism of the Spanish press, who have claimed that he is more interested in playing golf than turning out for Madrid] I find it hilarious to be honest, especially some of the pictures and stuff my friends send me. On one it said triple bogey - and I’ve never had a triple bogey! At least give me an albatross! It’s funny. Some of the things I have seen, people don’t understand and don’t know what they’re on about. So I just find it quite funny

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale talks about playing for the Wales national team] I definitely have more excitement playing for Wales. I’ve been with most of the older players since we were in the Under-17s. It’s like playing with your mates down the park on a Sunday. It’s normal

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale was recently quizzed again on his interests outside of football and the attention his golf game attracts] I find it hilarious to be honest, especially some of the pictures and stuff my friends send me. On one it said triple bogey - and I’ve never had a triple bogey! At least give me an albatross! It’s funny. Some of the things I have seen, people don’t understand and don’t know what they’re on about. So I just find it quite funny

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale considers the ‘Wales, golf, Madrid’ chant being embraced by supporters of his national side to be a bit of fun] I’ve heard it, especially when I was on the bench and when I came off, and the boys were laughing. It’s a good bit of fun

[A man who has been backed by 2017 Masters winner and Real Madrid fan Sergio Garcia, said recently of the coverage he gets in Spain] I find it hilarious to be honest, especially some of the pictures and stuff my friends send me. On one it said triple bogey - and I’ve never had a triple bogey! At least give me an albatross! It’s funny. Some of the things I have seen, people don’t understand and don’t know what they’re on about. So I just find it quite funny

2019 11 19b Retrieve

[Gareth Bale used colourful language to describe Aaron Ramsey’s stellar performance after Wales beat Hungary 2-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night] It’s about time he f*cking contributed!

2019 11 22 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale named in Real Madrid squad after Wales banner controversy] I think a lot of noise is made with Gareth Bale’s gesture and what needs to be done is to focus on football, me as a coach and he as a player. It’s too much already. The player has left with the national team, he has been able to play and we got him back. I only look at sports performance, not what is said outside. I am not interested in the outside. I’ll always say the same. When you look at what he has given this club, and its fans, the ones who come to the stadium know that he is one of our own, and the fans must be on his side. I think he can be a decisive player. I only think about that. If something does not happen to him, he is a very important player. When something happens to him, of course, like when he is injured, it changes. I am going to count on Bale

2019 11 23 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale on being dubbed The Golfer by the Madrid media] find it hilarious to be honest, especially some of the pictures and stuff my friends send me. On one [headline] it said triple bogey - and I’ve never had a triple bogey! At least give me an albatross! It’s funny

2019 12 04 Retrieve

[Tottenham-linked Gareth Bale hails ‘serial winner’ Mourinho & tips them to win trophies] Having Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he is a serial winner. If Tottenham want to win trophies then I don’t think there is a better partnership

[Bale says he has learned to deal with the jeers as he has grown older and remains committed to Zinedine Zidane’s side regardless] I knew it (posing with the flag) would cause controversy but I was celebrating with my fans, my friends and the other players. The Welsh flag was there and you can never turn down the Welsh flag. Wherever I am on a football pitch I will give 100 percent whether I’m in Wales or Madrid. I think the first time it (the boos) happened it was a bit of a shock and I didn’t know how to deal with it. But as I’ve got older and it’s happened one or two more times, you understand how to deal with it and you kind of shrug it off. In a way it’s a kind of respect to show the best players that you get whistled if you don’t perform, which I understand. So I just have to keep working hard, keep proving again to the fans what I can do and eventually the whistles do stop and you can get on with you career

2019 12 05 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale praises Mourinho at Tottenham] Having Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he is a serial winner. If Tottenham want to win trophies then I don’t think there is a better partnership

2020 01 06 Retrieve

[Bale & Benzema join Hazard on the sidelines at Real Madrid ahead of Spanish Super Cup] After the tests carried out today by the Medical Services of Real Madrid, our player Karim Benzema has been diagnosed with a lesion in the semimembranous muscle due to bruising on his left leg

[The Blancos added on Bale] After the tests carried out today, Gareth Bale has been diagnosed with an infection in the upper respiratory tract

2020 02 03 Retrieve

[Bale has also invited gamers from around the world to participate in a talent hunt where they will be given a chance to sign a professional contract with Ellevens Esports] There are similarities between football and esports in that it takes real dedication and sacrifice to reach the top of your game

2020 03 22 Retrieve

[#CombatCorona: Bale, Loftus-Cheek & Pickford headline FIFA 20 charity tournament in Covid-19 battle] During this difficult time, I want to give back and try to help in any way I can. #CombatCorona is a great initiative that hopefully helps the fight against coronavirus and whilst at the same time, entertain those who are unable to leave their homes. If we all do our part we can beat this together

2020 04 22 Retrieve

[Bale makes £500,000 donation to Cardiff hospital amid Covid-19 crisis] I just wanted to thank everybody in the NHS for all their hard work and sacrifice during the Covid-19 crisis. The University of Wales Hospital holds a special place in my heart. It is where I was born and it has provided great support to my family, friends and the wider community. Me and my family would like to show our support. Keep up the good work, you are doing an amazing job. Thank you very much

2020 04 22b Retrieve

[‘Tottenham fan’ Bale looks back on Spurs’ Champions League heartbreak] Everybody loves tuning in to watch the Champions League final, and obviously Tottenham were there so I had a very keen interest, I was hoping they’d get to the final like they did. They had some great matches on the way, obviously in the semi-final [against Ajax]. For us Tottenham fans it was a bit disappointing in the final, but you have to look at the bigger picture. They did great to get there and gave a good account of themselves

[For Bale, though, scoring and beating Atletico Madrid to clinch La Decima six years ago remains his favourite] They all have their own special moments. The first one is always so special because I’d never won a trophy before and you don’t know the experience, excitement and euphoria you get from lifting the trophy. Winning in my home city was an incredible moment for me personally because not many people get to do that. Then the last final [against Liverpool] I played in I scored that goal and for it to be the winning goal was also special. It’s difficult to pick one but in terms of the overall experience I’d go for the first one because it was the first final and I didn’t expect what was coming, the nerves of it and how we won it in the last minute. The celebrations were something I’d never experienced before. Everything was just new, so it was really exciting and it made it so special

It’s quite a strict lockdown, we can’t go out at all, can’t go out for a walk or exercise or anything. It’s very strict, but I guess we’re all doing it for the greater good. Everyone wants to play football, but the most important thing is everyone stays safe, we don’t come back too early and we make sure everything is done safely so we avoid the second wave of this virus. The difficult thing, you hear everyone saying they want to get the season finished and do this and that. But you need to look at the bigger picture, the most important thing is everyone’s health. With football, everyone misses it and wants to play, everyone wants to watch. But the bigger picture is there will be many more seasons of football, Champions Leagues, leagues and cups, the important thing is getting this right now, if we can get that right, it’ll make football last much longer in the future and we won’t have a problem like this in the future

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Real Madrid star Bale reveals interest in future MLS move] I really like the league, it’s grown so much over the years. The standard’s getting a lot better, clubs are improving, facilities and stadiums are improving. When we come over and play in pre-season the games are difficult…it’s a league that’s on the up and still rising. A lot more players want to come to America now. I would definitely be interested in it.

I loved my time at Tottenham, the fans were incredible, the club treated me amazingly. I was enjoying it but when one of the biggest clubs in the world comes after you, you want to take that opportunity

[The Welshman also named the best managers he’s played under throughout his career, including Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas on his final list but leaving off Zidane] Harry Redknapp was good, he let you do what you wanted to get the best out of you. AVB I had a really good relationship with. He said ‘you have the licence to go where you want, right, middle, left’. It made me feel like I could score whenever I wanted

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale has hit out at the Real Madrid fans who have jeered him during his time with the Primera Division club] It’s one of those things. I didn’t know too much about it coming to Madrid. It’s one of those things that you don’t expect. You don’t expect your own supporters to do that to their own player. I get it if it is aimed at the team if you’re not playing well or at half-time you’re down by a couple. But to boo your own player, or whistle your own player like they do it’s just wrong. Because if you are having a bad game you want your fans to get behind you. If they start whistling your confidence goes down even more – everything becomes more difficult. You’re going to play worse, which is going to make them more angry. They are hurting themselves in a way. To me, it makes no sense. It baffles me to this day. I just don’t understand, it doesn’t make any sense to me

I’d seen the banner a few weeks before. The boys had shown me and they said: ‘If we do qualify, let’s try and find it and bring it out.’ I was like: ‘Do what you want but I won’t be going over to get it’. They brought it down, we were all celebrating as a team and I’m not going to not jump around with my team-mates. It was a bit of banter. A bit of fun. People can see it how they like

2020 05 26 Retrieve

[Bale calls for calm over his golf habit, saying: Stephen Curry plays on the same morning of the game] A lot of people have problems with me playing golf. I don’t know why. I’ve talked about it many times and everyone thinks it’s fine, but especially in the media there is that perception that I should be resting, that it can lead to injuries. I see people in America, for example Stephen Curry, who plays the same morning of the game. Here, if I play two days before the game it’s like: ‘What are you doing?’

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Gareth Bale says Real Madrid fans jeering him has hurt his confidence] We get a lot of pressure every game. If you don’t play well, there’s scrutiny. I’ve had 80,000 people in a stadium whistle at me because I haven’t played well. I’ve had it a few times! It’s not nice and it doesn’t do your confidence any good either

[When asked why they do it] This is the biggest question and I just don’t get it. You would expect that if you’re not having a good time on the pitch, your fans would get behind you and try to help you do better because it’ll make them happy. But it seems that they do the opposite. They whistle you, which consequentially makes you feel worse, you lose your confidence, you play worse and then that makes them even more upset

In football, you might play amazing, not score for five games, and then everyone says you’re having a terrible time. You think to yourself that you’re playing well, you just haven’t scored or assisted. But people just like goals, assists and ‘wow’ things. Sometimes that doesn’t always happen.

[Bale says he is also still confused that his love for playing golf has caused such a stir in Spain] A lot of people have problems with me playing golf. I don’t know what their reason is because I’ve spoken to doctors and everybody’s fine with it. The media has this perception that it’s not good for me, you should be resting, it can cause you injuries. Steph Curry (NBA basketball player) plays maybe on the morning of a game. If I play two days before a game, it’s like ‘what’s he doing?’. It’s nice to be on the course and just get away from everything. I play with a few friends or sometimes play on my own, put some music on, play 18 holes and just relax and get away from everything. I then don’t have to think about football, especially if it’s not going well.