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Not that we would ever accuse Gareth Bale of not having his finger of the pulse, but this week the but Real Madrid star and Wales international admitted that he had no idea who the U.K.’s Prime Minister is at the moment.

Indeed, after acknowledging that he’s been living in “his own bubble” in the Spanish capital for the past few years, Bale also confessed that he hasn’t been keeping tabs on the political landscape back home.

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“I genuinely don’t know 99% of Brexit,” the Real Madrid star revealed in an interview with the Daily Telegraph. “I don’t even know who the prime minister is any more.”

Bale was then informed that Boris Johnson had ascended to the role in July of this year, to which he replied: “Well, there we go. I didn’t know that. I thought he was the mayor [of London, a post Johnson held between 2008-16]?”

“I can’t have a say in it so I’m not interested. I follow the golf, that’s about it. I can tell you who’s number one in the world.”

Is it any wonder his Real teammates all refer to him as “The Golfer”? The man has one single, solitary hobby and he’s sticking to it resolutely, come hell or hard Brexit.

NBA star Hart pays tribute to Pulisic

After a slightly delayed start to proceedings, Christian Pulisic formally announced himself as a Chelsea player at the weekend by opening his goal-scoring account with a hat trick against Burnley.

As if to rubber-stamp Pulisic’s arrival in the Premier League, NBA star Josh Hart paid tribute to his fellow countryman by sporting the Chelsea forward’s jersey ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans’ game against Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

Unfortunately, Pulisic didn’t prove to be quite as an effective talisman for the Pelicans as he did for the Blues at Turf Moor, with Hart’s side ultimately falling to a 123-134 defeat on their home court.

Still, we’re the gesture was most definitely appreciated.

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Smalling invests in eco-friendly material made of pineapple leaves

Having long been an exponent of the vegan lifestyle, Chris Smalling has now invested in a company that produces a sustainable and ethical alternative to leather and petroleum-based textiles.

The Manchester United defender, on loan for the season at Roma, has acquired a stake in Ananas Anam, a company that manufactures and sells Pinatex — a natural material made from pineapple leaf fibres.

“To be a part of a movement that is making conscious positive steps to benefit the environment is hugely rewarding,” said Smalling.

Pinatex is produced using leaves discarded by existing pineapple farming communities and is suitable for use across fashion and interior furnishings.

Credit to Smalling is using his profile as a professional footballer to draw attention and get directly involved in such environmentally-conscious endeavours. He follows in the footsteps of former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini, who  revealed in 2015 that he had co-founded a pioneering biochemical research company which he hopes will soon revolutionise the energy industry by developing a synthetic substitute for oil.

Totti boys take heartwarming father-son trip to World Cup final venue

Francesco Totti took a little stroll down memory lane recently when he returned to the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

The Roma legend took his young son, Cristian, back to the very arena where he won the World Cup with Italy some 13 years ago.

Totti was part of the Azzurri team who emerged victorious at the 2006 World Cup by beating France in a volatile final — the very game in which Zinedine Zidane closed his international career in headbutt-related ignominy.

Indeed, some say that if you look closely, you can probably still see the divot in the turf where Marco Materazzi hit the ground like a ton of lead.

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