Britain is not the ideal location to play football during the winter months with the cold, rain, window and, sometimes, snow.
For all the glitz and the glamour of the Premier League, it can sometimes be off-putting for foreign players from warmer climates to pack their bags and move to a country where the weather is nothing short of unpredictable.
As any Premier League player will know, you can’t predict what weather you are going to get from one day to the next, and Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan recently joked: “Bring me the sun and I’ll come” with regards to Britain’s famously poor weather.
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But the Belgian, who is a long-standing target of the Blues and a big admirer of the Premier League, will have to ignore the likes of Mario Balotelli and a few other big names who have gone on record in the past to criticise the British weather.
But one former Premier League star who should have no excuses for the weather is Gareth Bale.
The Wales international began his fairytale rise to the top of the game with Southampton before making a name for himself at Tottenham. During that time he grew up with the harsh realities of the British weather while trying to excel on the pitch.
Now, though, the 27-year-old is enjoying the delights of the Spanish sun at Real Madrid – following his then world-record move to the Santiago Bernabeu back in 2013 – and has most probably forgotten about the miserable conditions he sometimes used to play in.
So when Bale returned to Britain this week for international duty with Wales, it appears the Real star equipped himself with a few clothing essentials that he has undoubtedly become unfamiliar with in Spain.
The snood became a fashionable trend for Premier League players during the winter months, although somewhat ridiculous, but Twitter was quick to mock Bale on Friday evening for his interesting combination of short sleeves and gloves against the Republic of Ireland.
For a man from this part of the world it’s quite surprising Bale needed gloves heading into spring in the first place, but the fact that he chose short sleeves to go with it was all the more baffling.