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‘What makes me unhappy? Nothing’ — Gareth Bale’s personal Q&A reveals his greatest achievement and guiltiest pleasure

Gareth Bale is a multi-million-pound footballer with the world at his feet.

He plays for one of the biggest teams on the planet, earns a reported £500,000 a week and is the proud captain of his country.

His playing future has been the subject of intense debate over the past few years and his relationship with his employers in Spain has been splashed over the front covers of Spanish newspapers almost on a daily basis at one stage.

After years of upheaval in Madrid he seems to have found peace again under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, with publication Marca reporting on page one that Bale’s smile has returned this week.

In a weekend Q&A with the Guardian newspaper, Bale opened up on life off the pitch and what makes him tick.

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He reveals his most treasured possession is his rowing machine, that his greatest fear is not being the best version of himself and that “nothing” makes him unhappy – “life is what you make it. You can always find the good in any situation”.

He would not like anyone else but him to play him in a film, and said the book Soccer Tough by Dan Abrahams changed his life, helping him to unlock his ability to perform at the highest level.

Unsurprisingly, he says his guiltiest pleasure is watching golf.

“Watching the PGA Tour until late at night. I love watching golf,” he said.

“What I am inspired by the most is how the top players can perform under such huge pressure, especially in a sport where the margin for error and the difference between a good shot and a bad shot is so small.”

Playing the sport he is so fond of also helps him relax, he says.

His greatest achievement is something a lot of people would subscribe to. “Nothing is the same as the sense of pride and achievement I feel when I see my kids growing up and enjoying the simple pleasures in life,” he said. Bale and his wife Emma have four children together.

Does anything keep the former Tottenham star awake at night? It would seem not.

“I sleep very well,” he said. “Nothing keeps you awake when you know within yourself how much you care, how much you give, and that you always try your best. And that’s true for me, whether it’s on the pitch, on the international stage leading the line for my country, or at home.”

You can read the full Q&A in the Guardian here.

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