What are the disadvantages of football

Real Madrid: Gareth Bale talks about disadvantages as a professional footballer

Glitz and glamor, expensive and fast cars, beautiful women, luxury life. And then do what countless people prefer to do from morning to night: kicking! Football professional - that is the absolute dream job. Many think so. It's not, says Gareth Bale.

The 29-year-old attacker from Real Madrid complains in a film on the TV channel “BT Sport” about the disadvantages of a career as a competitive athlete. About the compromises he has to make. Of the "sacrifices" he makes.

“If you take it that way, we are like robots. We are told where to be and what time to eat. In a way, you are losing your life. Because you only do what you are told. ”Only when you end your career do you get“ your life back, ”says Bale.

“Because as a professional athlete - especially in team sports - you cannot determine your schedule yourself. Maybe as a golf or tennis player. "

Gareth Bale, on the other hand, as part of a team can “never decide for yourself what you want to do. And when you want to do it. "

The Welshman has been leading this life for a long time. He made his debut for Southampton FC in 2005 when he was 16 years old. Two years later he moved to Tottenham Hotspur. He has been playing for Los Blancos since 2013.

And it all started with the fact that he just loved playing football. Bale: “When you are a child, you don't think about it, you just have fun with your friends. But when you play at the performance level, there is suddenly a lot of pressure and a lot of expectations. There are people who talk badly of you all year long ... And yes - that feeling of childhood is lost. "

Does Gareth Bale regret becoming a professional footballer? He doesn't say anything about that. However, he says: "On the other hand, a career as a footballer is short, you have to sacrifice yourself for it."