• Gareth Bale is one of Real Madrid's biggest stars
  • During his free time, Bale enjoys playing a game of golf
  • Bale mentions Steph Curry's love for golf as a way to defend himself from criticisms 

One of the biggest concerns Real Madrid is dealing with now is the possibility of Gareth Bale leaving the club. While this remains important, another issue that has been brought up is Bale’s incessant desire to play golf.

The football star defended himself when it was brought up in an interview by Erik Anders Lang and was reposted by ESPN. The Welsh star said that playing golf is something that he enjoys doing and even brought up Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry to defend his point.

"Well, you wouldn't think it would be, but yeah, a lot of people have problems with me playing golf," Bale said.

"I don't know what their reason is because I've spoken to doctors and this, that and the other and everybody's fine with it. But, especially the media have this perception that it's not good for me, you should be resting, it can cause injuries. I've looked in America, for example, I know Steph Curry plays maybe on the morning of his game," Bale added.

This is in reference to the story Curry and teammate Andre Iguodala decided to play golf amidst a busy schedule in the season. Per NBC Sports, Curry played golf the morning of their matchup against the Phoenix Suns in the regular season.

The two-time MVP tallied a whopping 42 points that evening and won the game 120-111. The previous night, Curry also led his team to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

This story was recalled well by Iguodala and shared in Anders Lang’s podcast about how it was such a memorable story to tell.

"But he had like 40 that night. He had 40 that night. He killed them. And I was joking with him, 'If anyone on our team knew what we did today,'” Iguodala shared.

“Because nobody knew. Steve [Kerr] knew though. Steve was like, 'You guys better play good today.' Then he was like, 'Steph you should play golf every day,’" Iguodala added.

The acceptance that Curry has for playing didn’t necessarily translate too positively for Bale. The Los Blancos superstar emphasized that nobody back in Madrid would have cared about his golf game.

It will be interesting to see where Bale will end up in the succeeding seasons and if his love for playing golf will eventually be accepted with open arms.

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their preseason game at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. Ethan Miller/Getty Images