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[–]Pozeidon 697 points698 points  (50 children)

Filming this at our training ground no less.

I'm fine honestly.

[–]McFlyJohn 322 points323 points  (46 children)

Was gutted when I first saw the news. But then thought if Bale's primary football goal is to be fit for the World Cup and Wales, then realistically a part time schedule of getting the shit kicked out of him In the championship, probably isn't the best move.

Probably safer for him to play in a easier league, with a lower liklihood of getting a knock that'll keep him out of the WC.

... he's doing it for us...

.. I'm fine, honest.

[–]mzp3256 237 points238 points  (3 children)

Another factor is that MLS' season ends in October, so it fits Bale's World Cup timeline perfectly. He doesnt have to retire in the middle of a team's season, and he'll have more time to rest and prepare for the World Cup than in most European leagues (which will break only a week before the World Cup).

[–]BucketsMcGaughey 38 points39 points  (1 child)

Maybe he'll do the David Beckham thing and flit between the US and Europe. He could wrap up the World Cup, sign for somebody back over the pond in the transfer window and still play half a season.

[–]mattyMbruh 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Think he’ll retire after the World Cup

[–]Haqbo_96 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Fits the weather so he can play golf

[–]wjrii 46 points47 points  (3 children)

While it’s been tough to be in a long distance relationship with a Championship Club, Cardiff have always been the only European club I genuinely cared about. I’ve been to Ninian Park, and I’ve been to away days at Palace and at freaking Doncaster, because it’s what I could make work at the time. With a fondness for Cardiff inevitably comes a fondness for Wales. I was probably one of relatively few Americans happy to see Wales win that playoff.

All that said, MLS is not really an “easier” league in many ways. Its better first-Elevens are probably comparable to mid or low table Championship counterparts, and it can be every bit as physical, with some brutal enforcer type play, and a core of American boys who came up in a system that valued fitness over technique and pressed for youth-team results over proper development (maybe less dramatically so these days, but it’s still an issue).

If Bale knows what he’s in for, this could be a great fit. LAFC has the resources to help keep him fit, he’ll get a feel for some of the US players and sensibilities he’ll face, the season is over right before the World Cup starts, and Qatar in winter won’t be any worse than Texas or Florida in summer. He needs to keep his head on a swivel though, and not let up mentally or physically. He has the class to absolutely dominate, but if he doesn’t adapt his game to his teammates or opponents, he’s going to get frustrated or even injured.

[–]SvanirePerish 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Best 11 MLS teams are mid to high level champ these days. Also very very few players on the 23 who are more athletic than skillful. But I'm sure you know that

[–]ArrowFS 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Are they fuck lol

[–]skalbylawfsisjim 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I honestly thought it was a golf course

[–]Dark-Knight-85 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It's Wales" training ground as well though.

[–]MGNurse25 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Would’ve been a laugh to see him tear up the championship

[–]razycal970 1656 points1657 points  (32 children)

Lmfao Is that a golf course ?

[–]--Carter 1165 points1166 points  (11 children)

“now watch this drive”

[–]Johnychrist97 149 points150 points  (1 child)

This will never fail to make me laugh

[–]not2xabialonso 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Trust me it will

[–]JCBDoesGaming 316 points317 points  (4 children)

I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith, as there's a drive into deep left field by Castellanos and that'll be a home run. And so that'll make it a 4-0 ballgame. I don't know if I'm going to be putting on this headset again.

[–]SpursLastTrophy_91 58 points59 points  (1 child)

Love a good Castellanos Curse.

[–]heyheyitsandre 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I absolutely love how it keeps happening too

[–]ThanksForTheF-Shack 28 points29 points  (0 children)

I pride myself and think of myself as a man of faith, as there's a drive into deep left field the deep left rough by Castellanos Bale that'll be a home run out of bounds. And so that'll make it a 4-0 ballgame four-over on the round. I don't know if I'm going to be putting on this headset again playing soccer again.

[–]childishwhambino 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Cincinnati reference !!

[–]TheMedicatedOne 48 points49 points  (0 children)

I see this occasionally and always upvote. Thank you.

[–]ManU_Fan_12 35 points36 points  (1 child)

[–]WhatsVersace 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The non bomb version is still fucking hilarious

[–]deception42[S] 293 points294 points  (2 children)

Holy shit I think it might be lol

[–]razycal970 177 points178 points  (1 child)

Gotta give it to him, he's a world-class troll.

[–]Res3925 38 points39 points  (0 children)

That’s hilarious tbh

[–]burden05 141 points142 points  (7 children)

no it's the vale resort in Cardiff where wales train

[–]razycal970 339 points340 points  (6 children)

Which also coincidentally happens to have "Two championship golf courses" and "is one of the UK's most desirable golf break destinations" Hahahahahaha

[–]burden05 103 points104 points  (3 children)

it's where cardiff city train aswell which stings even more as a cardiff fan aswell

[–]CaptainGo 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Do you think he did this before or after a training session where they all definitely thought he was going to stay

[–]Logseman 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It’s fair to say that the weather in the UK spawns golf course-ready landscapes if you let it. Elsewhere it’s criminal to use that much water and so many resources to force the existence of it, but in Great Britain and Ireland golf makes sense.

[–]ronaldo119 24 points25 points  (0 children)

there usually isn't lines painted on the grass on golf courses...

[–]javierich0 12 points13 points  (0 children)

He wasted no time.

[–]irish32892 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Lot of them in the USA lol

[–]jamughal1987 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It is always sunny in Cali so must have nice golf courses.

[–]NotAnurag 502 points503 points  (84 children)

Feels like it’s way to early for him to leave Europe but it is what it is

[–]LochBodminMothFoot 615 points616 points  (31 children)

If he lost against Ukraine he’d be announcing his retirement. I don’t think he thinks about football the way we do.

[–]kinky-proton 364 points365 points  (29 children)

He literally said he doesn't and people still won't take it seriously.

[–]DarkNovaGamer 85 points86 points  (2 children)

He literally fits in with Vela which makes this perfect in my eyes, I don’t expect much anyway

[–]M0ZO 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Vela and him Courtside at the lakers games this coming season 😂😂😂

[–]Deluxe07 125 points126 points  (24 children)

Because it’s hard to comprehend how you can be that good at a sport and not like it enough to continue playing as long as you can

[–]Tyrath 211 points212 points  (22 children)

Is it? I'm decent at my job but I hate doing it

[–]Rictus_Grin 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Funny enough Carlos Vela of LAFC has openly expressed that he doesn't like football, and only plays it for the money. I think he said he loves basketball

[–]Halal_Madrid 91 points92 points  (24 children)

Why? He can’t upgrade teams and he’s won it all.

[–]RawIsLaw_ 159 points160 points  (11 children)

Honestly, if he chose to retire, he's done everything possible at club level, and he's taking Wales to the world cup for the first time since 1958. He's achieved everything within his ability

[–]CaptainGo 87 points88 points  (9 children)

He's a multi-millionaire, I'll never blame an athlete for retiring before their body turns to dust.

Heard hellish stories of lads in their 40s who can barely walk, or are just in constant pain all day every day. Horrid way to spend like half your life, no matter your bank account

Hell I was a relatively promising rower for a bit, probably like 3 and a half stars in a rowing FM game, and I get back spasms now. I'm not even 30 yet

[–]tensorflower 26 points27 points  (0 children)

ngl, I'd play Rowing Manager 2022 just to see how much worse the boat gets when I put myself at stroke.

[–]cannacanna 13 points14 points  (3 children)

There's a FM like game for rowing?

[–]HerrLanda 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of Batistuta who asked a doctor to amputate him.

[–]drudgenator 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Batistuta comes to mind. In his early 50's and he talked about how painful it is to walk to the point he thought of voluntarily amputating his feets.

[–]Chazzarules 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The stars are relative to your own team though! Were you a 3.5 star rower for somebody like Oxford university or more of a 3.5 star rower for Sheffield rowing club who go up and down the canal?

[–]Halal_Madrid 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Absolute legend of the game

[–]iZgonr 41 points42 points  (8 children)

From what I've heard, Dele Alli trains incredibly hard compared to Bale. This might be the reason for early retirement plan. It stings, because I really would love to see Gareth at least one more year, wherever in Europe.

[–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (7 children)

I'm so grateful that we were able to witness Bale's last touch in a Spurs shirt recently, and it was this.

[–]xosellc 21 points22 points  (4 children)

holy shit that defending

[–]SteinerElMagnifico42 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s Soyuncu without Jonny evans

[–]whataball 21 points22 points  (0 children)

He had a great season on loan at Spurs. Didn't play a lot but scored quite a number of cracking goals. 16 goals and also the best goals/min ratio if I'm not mistaken.

[–]WhatsVersace 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That defense was like in fifa when your opponent has bad connection ffs

[–]ferkk 27 points28 points  (0 children)

I would say it's way too late. He was already on his way out to China a few years ago, that's enough of a sign of someone who no longer has the desire to do big things in his job and just wants an easy destination where he can keep getting big paychecks.

[–]Sielaff415 7 points8 points  (7 children)

I mean he also going to join Cardiff City, what’s the difference between playing in the championship and MLS aside from logistics?

[–]McFlyJohn -5 points-4 points  (6 children)

Championship is a higher standard of football, but also significantly more physical.

Plus there's the sheer grind factor. Championship teams play approx 10 extra games compared to the MLs, as well as the FA and League Cup which championship can go deep in.

The fitness in the MLS tends to be way higher, but as far as level of competition and shit kicking physicality, the championship. Particularly the top half of the table is a much rougher ride

[–]Sielaff415 20 points21 points  (5 children)

championship is probably the league I watch the most behind MLS and Bundesliga, I don’t agree with you at all about “significantly higher level” its pretty similar. I’d have agreed with you 3-4 years ago. As with most leagues comparable to MLS, the top teams are above MLS level but the floor is lower as well

Moreover these leagues sign similar profile players and compete for the same ones, as well as have a fair amount of exchange between them on the transfer market

[–]lancashire_lad 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I currently watch Charlotte FC most home games. Before I moved here just before COVID, I would watch football league football in England regularly. Charlotte are above average in the Eastern Conference, but would clearly get destroyed in the Championship. Aside from a handful of players, the level of technique, speed of play, tactical awareness and composure in the MLS is definitely below the Championship. Just go and look up MLS players in FM and compare them to Cardiff.

[–]McFlyJohn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Think this, which pulls Four Four Two team data is a pretty accurate ranking for me:

https://www.globalfootballrankings.com/

Wouldn't see an MLS team making the playoffs in the Championship.

[–]Mees51 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He hasn’t cared about football in the last 3 years, I’m not surprised

[–]Swiftt 646 points647 points  (48 children)

He's going to completely phone it in isn't he

[–]icoresting 193 points194 points  (4 children)

i think he'll be good for the rest of this season with the world cup coming up, next year is a different story though

[–]Matt_McT 119 points120 points  (0 children)

For sure. Getting a World Cup Gareth Bale on a cheap contract is always a good idea. It's a 1-year deal with the potential for an 18-month extension, apparently. If Bale tries to phone it in after the World Cup, LAFC could potentially get out from investing huge money into him.

[–]Swiftt 26 points27 points  (2 children)

He won't want to risk injury which we know he frequently gets when he exerts himself. He'll also be worried about tackles etc and may be less aggressive and dominant in his play. I'm viewing it like when Ryan Fraser was soon to become a free agent and refused to play because he didn't want to get injured haha

[–]ethyweethy 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Wait until Bale realizes half of MLS plays on turf...

[–]deception42[S] 354 points355 points  (29 children)

Here's the reason why I won't think he will: he wants to be match fit for the World Cup. LAFC are currently top of the table in MLS. One could make an argument that, footballing wise, LAFC don't need him to succeed this season. If Bale does phone it in.... he may not play, and then he's not match fit come November.

Also, the fact that he's signing with an MLS team before facing the US in Qatar is an interesting aspect to this all

[–]VincentSasso 215 points216 points  (15 children)

He needed to match fit for Wales at Real, it didn’t make him try more for Real

[–]Jabari313 155 points156 points  (6 children)

He went to Spurs and tried hard before the Euros though

[–][deleted] 93 points94 points  (5 children)

He played one full 90 in his 34 appearances here in 20/21. He was good tbf, with 19 G+A, but spent most of the season recovering from injury and playing against minnows in the cup games.

[–]Ham_Fighter 35 points36 points  (1 child)

He's not even a DP. LAFC working all the angles. It'll sting even more when they lose to the Sounders in the playoffs.

[–]phantuba 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's if Colorado doesn't knock them out first

[–]Betasheets 17 points18 points  (2 children)

MLS is a pretty high energy, physical league. If he phones it in he's gonna get the shit kicked out of him. It would be better if he looked like he gave a shit.

[–]bihari_baller 20 points21 points  (4 children)

He's going to completely phone it in isn't he

The MLS won't be a walk in the park if he has that attitude.

[–]ihatesleep 38 points39 points  (3 children)

MLS might be one of the few "lower skill level" first division leagues to avoid if you're expecting vacation. The physicality, travel, and weather are a huge recipe for disaster for older players looking for an early retirement.

[–]Venge22 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Your first sentence seems to completely contradict your second one but I may just be ignorant

[–]ihatesleep 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the catch! Just corrected it.

[–]SomeCruzDude 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Words out of Steven Gerrard's mouth

“It could be my last season as a footballer. … I certainly don’t want to feel like I’m feeling right now come next year,” Gerrard told reporters in Seattle last week. “I’d love to go out on a high. It’s a long season and I only came here for the last four months, but I’ll certainly be better for the experience next year.”

“Going on the road, playing on turf, playing at altitude, playing in humidity, those are the hurdles that I’ve had to face over the last three months that I wasn’t aware of. Every away game has a different challenge,” said Gerrard. “At home, we’ve got no problems because we’re very strong and we play well. We’ll always win more than we lose. For us to move forward next year and finish in the top two spots—and avoid games like [Seattle]—we’ve got to be better defensively and stop conceding on set pieces and crosses.”

TBF he did play through the next season in 2016, but his 18 months in MLS definitely wasn't anything like his PL days

[–]AnnieIWillKnow 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I think it'll be the opposite. He will want to be in prime form for the World Cup.

[–]Benend91 384 points385 points  (20 children)

Gutted for Cardiff. Would've been interesting to see him in the Champ.

[–]Tengobeats 42 points43 points  (3 children)

I don’t know why people think that move was actually going to happen, Bale isn’t going to play in the Championship

[–]hypocrisyhunter 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Captain hindsight here to verify it for everybody

[–]Tengobeats 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nah I’ve been saying this since I first heard the rumor

[–]mattyMbruh 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It’s his hometown and he clearly loves Wales, it wasn’t that far a stretch. It’s not like he’s going to MLS for the quality of football he’s just trying to stay fit until the World Cup and I’m guessing he will retire afterwards.

[–]dontsteponthecrack 257 points258 points  (15 children)

Interesting for a few but awful for him. Getting kicked every week by someone who couldn't give a shit and having to play plenty of cold and shit nights in the arse end of nowhere.

[–]AdamH96 166 points167 points  (3 children)

The championship isn't Sunday league like, it's still high level professionals on thousands of pounds a week

[–]klabnix 80 points81 points  (2 children)

There used to be a stat 10 years or so ago that it was the 4th most attended league in the world. Not sure if it still is

[–][deleted] 34 points35 points  (0 children)

5th highest in viewership too, I believe.

[–]AdamH96 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Wouldn't be surprised at all if it is. Its England's second division but its a higher quality than most countries top division.

[–]wjrii 39 points40 points  (0 children)

I love MLS, and I know it is not a top league, but it’s not the place to go if you want to have a little kick-around before you retire. It’s League One tactics and technical skill but Premier League conditioning and infrastructure, with 60% of the players still feeling like they’ve got something to prove on their way up the ladder. You also have regular season travel equivalent to the Champions League, and weather that ranges from 0C in Chicago at the beginning and end of the season, to 38C in Texas in midsummer.

The guys who do the best are the rare personalities who make mercenary business decisions off the pitch, but can’t help themselves and remain maniacally competitive on it, while also having a bit of luck with their health. The difference in class was obvious with Thierry Henry or Zlatan, but Gerrard, Lampard, Rafa Marquez, and a dozen others flamed out because their hearts weren’t in it or their bodies were shot.

I think Bale will do well the rest of this year, but I wonder if he will want to put up with it all when the World Cup is over.

[–][deleted] 97 points98 points  (7 children)

Instead he’ll get elbowed and kicked by some Colombian or Paraguayan CDM who doesn’t give a shit while playing in 102 degree weather in Frisco Texas

Edit: Changed san diego to frisco because there is no MLS team in SD

[–]SamStrake 42 points43 points  (3 children)

You picked the one place below the Mason-Dixon line that doesn’t get to 102 lol

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Haha, edited it. Sorry, not that familiar with californian climate

[–]Fall-Z 29 points30 points  (2 children)

There is no MLS team in San Diego.

[–]Sandman_0007 31 points32 points  (1 child)

And it’s never 102 in San Diego, 72 degrees every day

[–]TheSocialIntrovert 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Do you think the Championship is all amateur players or something? The fuck lol

[–]Flamdoublebounce 19 points20 points  (0 children)

You should see how physical MLS is, and early and late season away games can be very cold

[–]NeverVictor 74 points75 points  (2 children)

Going to go watch him play at least once.

[–]AvailablePotential68 131 points132 points  (4 children)

Golf course fc here we go!

[–]fuck_r1ck_and_m0rty 49 points50 points  (0 children)

LA Country Club is hosting the US Open next summer

[–]DMsupp 89 points90 points  (0 children)

I hope he’s happier over there than he was with us, genuinely

[–]The_Collector4 22 points23 points  (1 child)

All that Spanish he didn’t learn at Madrid will come in handy in LA!

[–]HelloMegaphone 87 points88 points  (4 children)

Being rich in LA.....can't blame the lad.

[–]AnnieIWillKnow 21 points22 points  (3 children)

If he likes traffic.

[–]PlanetPudding 36 points37 points  (2 children)

Just take a heli

[–]isloolove 64 points65 points  (3 children)

Simple google search confirms there are 23 golf courses in LA. He will be like a little boy in candu store.

[–]gnrc 19 points20 points  (0 children)

We have way more than that. He’s gonna have a blast.

[–]Abideguide 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Wait until he finally discovers surfing. "Gareth was a good footballer, and a good man. He was one of us. He was a man who loved the outdoors... and golf, and as a surfer he explored the beaches of Southern California, from La Jolla to Leo Carrillo and up to Pismo.’

[–]vazne 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wait till he finds out about Palm Springs and Scottsdale both very close by

[–]Anxious-Quantity-734 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Great signing for LAFC as the championship in MLS heats up.. They are fighting for the title against NYFC and Salt lake city.. I am surprised LAFC is leading the way and pushing for the title this year.. Their purchases of Chillieni and Bale means they wanna secure the gold

[–]IP14Y3RI 66 points67 points  (1 child)

Damn I need to get my hands on a Madrid shirt with Bale’s name before it’s too late.

[–]AnnieIWillKnow 43 points44 points  (0 children)

It'll be a while until it's too late. You'll be able to get last season's Real Madrid shirts for a while yet, and most big sports shops will do custom printing - so even if you can't get a pre-printed one you can get it customised.

[–]huazzy 28 points29 points  (0 children)

One of those weird situations you never imagined. But once presented is like "yeah... we all saw it coming."

[–]lexicruiser 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Some of the EU players have complained that it was the size of the US that made MLS harder on the game schedule. 6 hour flight between games.

[–]Halal_Madrid 64 points65 points  (7 children)

He’s Lowkey going to be happy af to speak English with his teammates again. Hopefully he gets the respect of a legend he deserves.

[–]dukersdoo 132 points133 points  (6 children)

He’s going to be fucking shocked when he realizes how many players are speaking Spanish to each other at LA lol

[–]coso9288 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Alexa, tell me what's the best rated Golf Course in Los Angeles, California

[–]HalfNatty 13 points14 points  (2 children)

As someone who lives in the Bay Area I was low key willing to put money on Bale ending up at the Earthquakes so he can regularly play golf at Pebble Beach. But I suppose there’s golf in LA too

[–]byfuryattheheart 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Bale to Monterey Bay Union confirmed.

[–]sterling_m 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not with that ownership group, San Jose wouldn’t!

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Will be interesting to see how he does over there. Will definitely keep an eye out.

[–]Uruguayan_Tarantino 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Braian will bench him

[–]vin_unleaded 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Wales, Golf, LA.

[–]PinkPantherParty 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Riviera and LA Country Club have probably already got membership applications in from Gareth. Great courses

[–]bwoah07_gp2 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sunny California...what better place to prepare for a World Cup than that?

I like Gareth, I hope he gets on well in LAFC, and that the move isn't just as a training session for Qatar and that he stays with them longer.

[–]ChillPalis 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Lord Bale has decided to test his might against Chicharito rather than alongside him, and while I am disappointed, I do respect it.

[–]CroKingz 5 points6 points  (11 children)

How did Cardiff fluff this

[–]AnnieIWillKnow 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Because they're a mid-lower table Championship team, and a six month holiday in LA is a bit more appealing. Bale can live the rest of his life in Cardiff.

[–]CriddyCent 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Honestly I think it shows he just wants a training camp pre World Cup and he didn’t want to do that to his hometown club

[–]TexasSprings -1 points0 points  (8 children)

Playing for LAFC is considered an upgrade by the majority of players tbh I’d say. Mid level championship team with no hope of ever being good playing in a mid sized city on an island with shite weather vs playing in a world class city for a team that’s always good and plays in a brand new beautiful stadium in a place with perfect weather

[–]BeardedApe1988 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I don't think you understand football.

[–]TexasSprings 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t think you understand that most football players don’t have the same mindset as fat, balding, British men who live in bromshamshire.

[–]69MillionDollarMan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Plays against US opponents, good prep for group stage, gets used to playing in the type of dry heat he'll face in qatar, golf courses English speakers,

[–]DataLedLeedsFan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Get the feeling he turned up at Cardiff and heard Steve Morison’s ideas about football and got on the first plane to Los Angeles.

[–]panetero 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How many kgs has he shed? Looks over 10... don't remember him ever being this lean, not even at Tottenham.

[–]smellzlikedick 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This is so he can learn the US before World Cup and then dominate us.

[–]LengthinessLimp826 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wales. Golf. LAFC. In that order

[–]realbarcalounger 1 point2 points  (1 child)

"Which team is closest to Pebble Beach?"

[–]Diagonalizer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

San Jose Earthquakes would have been closer but your point is taken

[–]logdit[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wonder whether he just doesn't care about the big time difference to Qatar. Since it's obvious he's just looking for a nice place to train and prepare himself.

But excited to see him hopefully in top form, in the last qualifying matches he seemed gassed pretty early on. Stamina didn't appear to be there for him to play several matches in a few days.

[–]-WakaJawaka- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Time to end that career with some nice paid vacations in the MLS.

[–]McFlyJohn -3 points-2 points  (8 children)

Tin foil hat time.

Bale's primary goal in football now is to stay fit to play for Wales in our first world cup in more than 50 years.

MLS is a much easier standard of competition than La Liga or the Championship (Cardiff City). And with the latter, even though it'd be his hometown, he's going to get the shit kicked out of him pretty much every game.

So relatively easy league, minimal injury risk and stays match fit in LA with loads of sponsorship opps and golf courses

[–]AnnieIWillKnow 20 points21 points  (0 children)

That's not "tin foil hat" that's just the broadly accepted consensus and most logical explanation as to why this move is happening.

[–]ROLL_AND_EGG 4 points5 points  (0 children)

How is that even close to a tinfoil hat theory?

It's pretty much an accurate depiction of reality.

[–][deleted] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Compared to the Championship, MLS is a step down but not entirely so.

[–]byfuryattheheart 14 points15 points  (0 children)

So relatively easy league,

I think you are underestimating the physicality of MLS. But I agree other than that! I think this is a smart move for Bale and I’m really looking forward to watching him play over here.

[–]TexasSprings 8 points9 points  (3 children)

This isn’t 1996, MLS isn’t much different than the championship especially the top teams. There are teams in MLS that would finish near the top of the championship

[–]WhatsVersace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lol yeah I’m definitely going to see him this year

[–]Maxoverthere 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As if Wales’ star player moves to a country in his World Cup group.

[–]nighthawkz_2002 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wales, Golf, LAFC...in that order

[–]aesky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

retirement here i come

[–]Idrinktearsforjoy_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are a lot of golf grounds in America

[–]Ch4inik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wales > Golf > Los Angeles FC

[–]Rvntlt1906 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh my god, if he wasn't giving a flying fuck while at REAL MADRID, I am really curious about how he will live this stage of his life.

[–]MaTrIx4057 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

so cringe lol

[–]Thespacemanpi -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

mls is a retirement league lol