Gareth Bale set to embark on solo tour

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Tours are usually on the itinerary of musicians rather than footballers, but Gareth Bale is set to follow the likes of Lionel Messi and teammate Cristiano Ronaldo by embarking on his own promotional tour of Indonesia, according to the Telegraph.

Far from being a one-man band, Gareth Bale - with goalscoring help from Ronaldo, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos - helped Real Madrid to Champions League final glory on Saturday night.

Assisting Carlo Ancelotti's men to the long-awaited 'La Decima' (the club's tenth European success) has capped a brilliant year for the Welshman.

He became the world's most expensive footballer following his £80 million+ move from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old then defied injury and price-tag pressure to notch 22 goals for 'Los Blancos' including an amazing solo-effort in the Copa del Rey final against El Clascio rivals Barcelona.

The former Southampton star's exploits in the Spanish capital have landed him a hugely fruitful two-day trip to adoring Asian fans where he will be treated like a king. 

For a two-day stay in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, in which roads will be closed for a Bale parade, the Welsh winger will pocket a tidy £2.5 million.

Aside from that, a meet-and-greet at a posh hotel is being lined-up in which guests will pay the equivalent of £150 for a photograph with their hero.

The trip underlines the growing fan-base in Asia for the top European teams. Real Madrid are not the only club to send their stars out to the region.

Top Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal often tour the far-east during pre-season.

The solo tours are usually restricted to just the world's biggest names, however, and Bale joins an illustrious list which includes Ballon d'Or winners Messi and Ronaldo. 

Neither the Barcelona man, nor Bale's Madrid teammate will be available to do their own promo work this summer though, as both participate in the Brazilian World Cup.

Wales may not have qualified for the tournament, but every cloud has a silver-lining eh Bale?

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