Sports stars and clubs across the world continue to provide an insight into their lives on social media.
Here, the PA news agency looks at some of the best examples from January 9.
Gareth Bale announced his retirement from football.
Tributes were paid to Bale from around football.
— Wales 🏴 (@Cymru) January 9, 2023
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 9, 2023
— Son Heung-min (@Sonny7) January 9, 2023
Wishing the happiest of retirements to a player I had the absolute pleasure to play alongside. Your runs were a joy to assist! Thank you for all the memories, both on and off the pitch. Enjoy your well-deserved rest and I wish you a happy future ahead 👏 @GarethBale11 pic.twitter.com/LafwjmRT4b
— Rafael van der Vaart (@rafvdvaart) January 9, 2023
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 9, 2023
Bale at his best was truly special 🐉🔴 pic.twitter.com/UF7nZP95KK
— UEFA EURO 2024 (@EURO2024) January 9, 2023
Forever a champion.
Forever a legend.
Forever Black & Gold.
Congrats on a historic career, @GarethBale11. 👏
— LAFC (@LAFC) January 9, 2023
Generational talent ✨
One of our own 😇 pic.twitter.com/Jv3dB7wEsz
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 9, 2023
He achieved things that no one thought were possible, inspired many and will continue to inspire generations to come. An honour to play alongside him & I wish him nothing but continued success.
A sporting career that will go down in history as one of the best ❤️ pic.twitter.com/u9iNB6kgF0
— Thomas Hal Robson-Kanu (@RobsonKanu) January 9, 2023
— UEFA (@UEFA) January 9, 2023
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) January 9, 2023
— Theo Hernandez (@TheoHernandez) January 9, 2023
Zidane c’est la France, on manque pas de respect à la légende comme ça… 🤦🏽♂️
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) January 8, 2023
Arsenal’s “Never Red” campaign against knife crime returned in the FA Cup.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 9, 2023
Southampton put their new signing through his paces.
A familiar name celebrated the start of his Stoke career.
Unreal feeling making my debut for the club I’ve been at since the age of 9, a very proud moment and hopefully more opportunities to come, thank you for all the support❤️🔴⚪️ https://t.co/Ip74f9lLMA
— lewis macari (@MacariLewis) January 9, 2023
Kevin Pietersen was back in South Africa.
Landing in South Africa ALWAYS makes my smile from ear to ear. Looking forward to another wonderful trip to the most beautiful country in the world! 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/y7Dym4utkH
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) January 9, 2023
Damar Hamlin enjoyed his Buffalo Bills side’s win over the New England Patriots.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 9, 2023
Kick return hero Nyheim Hines paid tribute to his ‘dawg’.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 8, 2023
JJ Watt could not find the words as he retired.
Sometime in the coming days I’ll find the right words.
But for right now, all I can say is thank you.
You’ve changed my life forever and I am perpetually grateful.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 9, 2023
Gerwyn Price had his ear defenders with him.