Gareth Bale: Real Madrid star’s agent statement is an error – he is no Cristiano Ronaldo | Football | Sport

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Gareth Bale was booed by Bernabeu supporters as Real Madrid slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico on Saturday.

The Wales international has been going through a tricky spell in Spain for some time now. Gone are the days where the forward was regarded as a player capable of challenging Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Co for the game’s biggest individual prizes.

Today, Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has chosen to go to war with the La Liga giants’ fanbase, telling Sky Sports News: “This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth’s goals for years to come.

“Frankly they should be ashamed of themselves.

“Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace.

“In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He’s one of the best players in the world.

“Those fans should be kissing his feet.”

There is no denying that Bale has been a huge servant for Real over the years. Four Champions League titles point to the forward’s blockbuster impact.

But choosing to go to war with Real is a dangerous game. One few come back from.

The problem with Bale is that he’s not a public man. He speaks very little, preferring to keep himself to himself.

To those on the outside, he can be seen as an isolated figure. Some in Spain have even gone as far to suggest the entire squad are unhappy with him.

That may be a bit over the top but if Bale’s agent is unhappy, then he only has his client to blame.

The 29-year-old was offered love at Manchester United in 2013. He said no. He chose to risk it all in Spain.

And it has been a risk worth taking. But there is only so long one can dine out on past glories over at the Bernabeu.

Back in the summer, Real gave Bale everything he wanted. A talismanic role, following the exit of Ronaldo to Juventus. A chance to be the main man.

But he’s done little to take it.

To be fair to him, even Real’s most-popular players have toiled. Sergio Ramos is no longer Mr Dependable, Luka Modric looks exhausted from the World Cup and Marco Asensio is no longer boy wonder. That mantle has passed to Vinicius Junior.

Bale’s goal record this season is poor. Compare it to other wingers in world football, it is outright DIRE.

Across all competitions, he has managed 13 goals. Hardly the statistics of ‘one of the best players in the world.’

But Eden Hazard, a forward on Real’s transfer wishlist for the summer, has two more. That, despite spending most of the season stuck in a false 9 role.

Neymar has 20 from 23 outings. Ronaldo, 21 from 35. Messi, 25 in La Liga ALONE. Bale is nowhere near those three, nor the rest of the chasing pack.

Even Paul Pogba, a central midfielder who spent the final month of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United era rooted to the bench, has scored one more goal than Bale this season.

Bale has failed to make good on his own personal promise. Real fans booed Ronaldo in the past, so why should he feel immune?

He needs to do his talking on the pitch. His agent, it seems, has misjudged.

This is not a crowd that take lightly to failure – especially from a player who has made little effort to integrate himself into Spanish life. Whether he can turn the situation around, though, is something only time will tell.



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