Gareth Bale, despite creative pleas from Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, won’t join Wrexham next season

Wrexham just earned promotion to the EFL League Two for next season

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Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds certainly tried their best.

Well, maybe not their best. But the offer was unique.

Either way, Gareth Bale won’t be coming out of retirement to play for Wrexham next season.

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Bale shut down the idea at the FEVO Sport Industry Awards on Friday. The 33-year-old Welsh star said he is perfectly happy in retirement.

“No, I don’t think so. I think I was looking more for a free round of golf off Rob,” Bale said. “I’m sure we’ll have a chat and a joke, but I’m quite happy where I am — spending a lot of time with my kids, my wife, time that I’ve lost so much of over the years being committed to football. I’m just enjoying family life and playing some golf.”

Shortly after Wrexham — the soccer club Reynolds and McElhenney co-own — was promoted to the English Football League last week, McElhenney shared a congratulatory message he received from Bale on the jump. The “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star then tried to get a round of golf out of Bale before making his pitch to join the club.

Reynolds added to the idea with a creative, but apparently unrealistic, offer.

Either way, though, it doesn’t seem Bale is interested in anything more than a round of golf.

Former Wales player Gareth Bale gives a farewell speech
Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds tried their best to lure Gareth Bale out of retirement. (Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Bale officially retired from the sport in January after an incredible career with Real Madrid and Wales' national team. He won five Champions League titles while with Real Madrid and helped lead the Welsh national team to the Euro 2016 semifinals and their first World Cup appearance in decades last year in Qatar. Bale also played for Southampton, Tottenham and LAFC in the MLS before ending his career.

Even without Bale on board, Wrexham seems to be doing just fine. The club beat Boreham Wood last week to officially earn promotion to England’s fourth-tier league next season.

But hey, it was at least worth the ask.