Gareth Bale: The truth behind my 'muscle gain'

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has hinted at an unlikely cause for his recent 'bulking up'.

Speaking in the January issue of FourFourTwo - out now in print and on iPad - the 25-year-old revealed the truth behind photographs taken during Madrid's pre-season tour of the United States in which he appeared to be far more muscular than he had ever been during his time in England with Southampton and Spurs.

"How many hours in the gym were responsible for this? Zero, I promise you," Bale assured FourFourTwo.

"I don't usally wear a vest, so no one sees my arms! I did a bit of running in the off-season, but nothing else.

"I'd played a fair bit of golf, so maybe it was from my golf swing," the Welshman joked. "It could also be from the tan I've got from living in Spain!

"I just think I've filled out a bit and it's just natural."

Read the full interview with Gareth Bale - in which he discusses winning the Champions League, glory with Wales and his wonder-goal against Barcelona - in the January 2015 issue of FourFourTwo, available in shops and on iPad now. The magazine hails the other Men of the Year, including Thomas Muller, Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Roy Keane and James Rodriguez. Subscribe!