Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale will be given golf-themed present for reaching 100 Wales caps

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Gareth Bale is set to receive a golf-themed present from his Wales team-mates when he reaches 100 caps for his country. Bale will reach the landmark on Saturday if he gets onto the pitch in Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belarus and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has revealed that he will be in line for a special gift.

The Real Madrid forward will become only the second player in the country’s history to reach three figures, after defender Chris Gunter.

Wales are currently third in Group E, behind Belgium and the Czech Republic, but can guarantee a top-two finish with four points from their final two qualifiers at home to Belarus and Belgium.

As well as aiming for a win to secure a home draw for March’s play-offs for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Saturday’s match could be a momentous day personally for Bale.

Hennessey said the Wales squad did not yet have anything planned for Bale, but the theme of the gift would be obvious.

“If we do get him a gift it’s going to have to be something to do with golf,” he said.

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Asked if Wales’ stars will chip in to get Bale a golden club, Hennessey laughed and replied: “It will be something to do with golf and along those lines.

“It will be difficult because he’s got absolutely everything to do with golf. But we will have to find something.

“Hopefully the Welsh FA could help us with that. We will all congratulate him.”

Bale’s love of golf has been well publicised in recent years – and it has caused controversy at Real Madrid.


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That is largely due to an incident in November 2019 when the 32-year-old celebrated a Wales victory by showing a national flag with the words ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’

The Spanish media have criticised Bale’s attitude towards Real and have accused him of being more interested in golf.

Bale has denied the accusations, but his love of the sport is obvious, given he has three of golf’s most iconic holes built on his estate in Wales.

The former Southampton and Tottenham player had replicas of the 17th at TPC Sawgrass, Augusta National’s 12th and Royal Troon’s Postage Stamp created for him.

Golf will have to wait this weekend, however, with Bale hoping to make his comeback from a hamstring injury, which has kept him out since September 8.

“I’m very proud and honoured to be a Welshman,” he said when asked about the landmark.

“To get 100 caps will personally be an incredible achievement and one you never think about when you start out.

“It’s my country, it’s my place of birth, it’s where I’ve grown up. You have that special connection.

“Wales has that extra special thing – we have that connection with the fans. We were all fans growing up. When a fan plays for your own national team you kind of bring that passion with you.”

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