Gareth Bale’s love of golf is being blamed for the Welshman's injury woes, which may see him sold from Real Madrid.
The 28-year-old has missed 49 games since moving from Tottenham to Madrid in 2013, and has recently struggled with back injuries.
“All these injuries add to the chronic problems of the back that he suffers and causes him discomfort,” writes El Confidencial.
“An evil, that of the back, that grows when playing golf, one of his passions to which he devotes all the time he can when he does not play football.”
It is rumoured Bale will leave Real Madrid for “close to the £89m” Los Blancos paid when they bought the winger.