SPAIN – The Spanish newspapers have slammed Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, after he held up a banner that seemed to make mockery of his commitments to club side Real Madrid.
Bala who helped Wales qualify for Euro 2020 this week, celebrated with a Welsh flag that read: ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’, trying to suggest that he had more love and commitment for Wales and Golf before Madrid.
His public show of apparent dissent has gone down badly in Spain, where newspapers have not held back in their criticism.
The reports say the 30-year-old has shown a lack of class with his celebrations, relegating playing for Real to the least important in his mind.
Marca have hit back with their front cover of Thursday’s morning paper which reads : ‘Disrespectful. Wrong. Ungrateful. In that order.’
And rival title AS has drawn up a front page with shows Bale stood over a golf putt with the headline: “Bale in a hole.”
Also, former Real president Ramon Calderon has accused the former Spurs star of being “childish” with his actions.
Bale, who has attracted interest from Chinese clubs, Tottenham and Manchester united, claimed that he saw the banner celebration as ‘fun’ and reports also indicate Marid coach Zinedine Zidane who has accused Bale severally of wanting to play golf more than football over the past six months, doesn’t plan to punish the winger for his celebration.
When Bale was asked about it in an interview by Sgorio Cymru, he said: ‘I’ve heard it, especially when I was on the bench and when I came off, and the boys were laughing.
‘It’s a good bit of fun.’
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