Gareth Bale: How much does golf-crazy Real Madrid star earn compared to Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and co?

24 May

Gareth Bale could become one of the world’s highest paid golfers.

Well, not really, but if he does want to see out the remainder of his Real Madrid contract on the golf course – it would become a pretty lucrative hobby.

Speculation around his future has gone into overdrive after Zinedine Zidane left him on the bench for Madrid’s 2-0 defeat at home to Real Betis on Sunday.

Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid looks increasingly bleak

After the game, Zidane told reporters: “I’m sorry he didn’t get to play, but no one knows what will happen.

“If I think a player doesn’t fit in the team, I have to do what I think works best.

“No one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present.”

The Welshman refused to say goodbye to the Bernabeu crowd – and perhaps that’s because he’s refusing to go.

Bale, whose contract runs for another three years, is paid more than £13million a year.

It is understood Zidane has told Bale to leave Madrid this summer, but the 29-year-old has reportedly told team-mates he would happily sit on the sidelines and play golf until his contract expires in June 2022.

In fact, Thibaut Courtois has previously said the Madrid players refer to Bale as ‘The Golfer’ – because he goes to bed early and spends the majority of his time on the course.

Gareth Bale is mad about golf

Bale earns more than the majority of professionals on the PGA Tour, but where would he rank among the highest earners?

Here’s where he slots in according to Forbes’ 2018 list of annual earnings.

Justin Thomas – £20.5million

Justin Thomas gets significantly more money from winnings than endorsements

Salary/winnings: £16.5m

Endorsements: £4m

Gareth Bale – £27.2million

Gareth Bale would be the fifth highest-paid golfer in the world

Salary/winnings: £22.5m

Endorsements: £4.7m

Rory McIlroy – £29.7million

Rory McIlroy is Britain’s highest-earning sports star aged 30 or under

Salary/winnings: £2.9m

Endorsements: £26.8m

Jordan Spieth – £32.5million

Jordan Spieth finally returned to form at the US PGA Championship last week

Salary/winnings: £8.8million

Endorsements: £23.7m

Phil Mickelson – £32.6million

Phil Mickelson is still raking it in

Salary/winnings: £3.4m

Endorsements: £29.2m

Tiger Woods – £34.2million

Tiger Woods’ earnings will surge in 2019 following his Masters triumph

Salary/winnings: £1m