Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale to Visit Jakarta

Gareth Bale of Wales and his new Real Madrid club jersey at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Sept. 2, 2013. (Reuters Photo/Paul Hanna)

Gareth Bale of Wales and his new Real Madrid club jersey at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Sept. 2, 2013. (Reuters Photo/Paul Hanna)

Jakarta. Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive footballer, will visit Indonesia at the end of May to lend his aerial ability to a Jakarta football festival in which participants will have to head balls hanging between the National Monument and the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle.

In addition to the event, “Indonesia Menyundul Bola” (Indonesia Heads the Ball), the Real Madrid and Wales forward and winger will also attend a charity event and a coaching clinic.

“The visit coincides with the 2014 World Cup,” said Edwin Sutiono, director of Indonesian company Dua Kelinci, which is sponsoring the visit. “Bale is a world-class player. He has spare time [because Wales has not qualified for the World Cup] so he can come here. Hopefully his visit will motivate young Indonesian footballers.”

Event will be held in four cities — Medan, Bandung, Jakarta, and Makassar — but the Welshman will only attend the event in Jakarta on June 1.

Bale, who was the youngest player to score a goal for his national team, joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2013 after scoring 26 goals in 44 matches last season. The Jakarta Globe

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