Gareth Bale, despite all his qualities when he is on the pitch, makes him a frustrating figure. Thursday night’s special performance to bring his nation as close to a World Cup final as it has been in half a century shows he can still do it on the biggest stage.
While the performance was praised in Britain, there was a very different reaction in the country where he plays his football club, Spain. Despite all the applause from Bale, there’s no doubt that the last three years of his time at Madrid haven’t been a happy one. Over the past three years, Bale has made just 25 performances for Real Madrid, scoring 4 goals. This season he has played just 270 minutes, the equivalent of three full games.
Whenever Wales need him, their captain always puts on a performance. But when his club comes to call him, he is absent. A rift has been created between Bale and Real Madrid which is unlikely to be repaired by the end of his contract this summer.
How did Spain react to Bale’s performance?
The title for LIKE is a game of words and sounds named after Bale. In Spanish, “OK” is “vale”, although the pronunciation sounds like “Bale”. There can be several interpretations of the title. spanish football journalist Sid Lowe gave his thought on a good English translation, assuming that means either ‘it’s OK for him’, ‘now he cares’, ‘he takes the p**s’, according to the desired strength.
There is a widespread belief that Bale hasn’t fully applied at Real Madrid. This was made particularly clear following Real’s loss to Barcelona on Sunday. The classic, in which the kind of performance on display at Cardiff would have been of great help to Ancelloti’s side. Bale was ruled out with injury but was fit enough to start the Wales game four days later.
Asked to clarify why he wasn’t in the squad to face Barcelona, Bale said: “I don’t need to. I don’t need to tell anyone what happened.”
“I don’t need to give anyone anything to use against me. Everything is fine now, I have no problems.”
Tomas Roncerothe loud presenter of a television program about football The Chiringuito write an article after the match titled “Bale. Vete. Ya. In that order.”a reference to the famous flag waved by Bale after a game against Wales in 2019. ‘Vete. Yeah.’ translates to ‘Come on. Now.’ In English. The article went on to attack Bale for ‘failing’ Madrid in the Clasico, as well as labeling him ‘a kind of brave heart for the Dragon Nation’, a slightly confusing amalgamation of Scottish and Welsh tradition. Roncero is a huge Real Madrid fan, and his sentiments resonate with much of the fan base.
Bale hit back at this style of criticism immediately after the game. Sky Sports asked him if he had a message for his Spanish critics. He had been doubled “the Welsh parasite” by some in Spain during pre-match preparation.
“No,” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t need to send a message, honestly. It’s a waste of time.
“It’s disgusting, they should all be ashamed of themselves. I’m not bothered. End.”