Gareth Bale has been the subject of more negative criticism in the Spanish media in the wake of his controversial celebration with Wales after qualifying for Euro 2020 on Tuesday night.
The Welsh international and Real Madrid wide man , sang and danced as they held a fan made flag which has mocked the way Bale had been treated by the Press in Spain which read: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”
However, over in Spain, not many saw the funny side.
On popular late-night sports show El Chiringuito TV, one of Bale’s fiercest critics over the years, dedicated a significant part of its programme to the Welsh winger on Tuesday.
“Florentino, get Bale out,” presenter Josep Pedrerol, indignant, said to the camera in an editorial directed at the Real Madrid president.
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After that, more guests on the show took it in turns to get their own punches in on Gareth. “Bale goes to the United Kingdom and he plays well,” said agent Jose Antonio Martin.
He continued: “This forms part of Bale’s campaign to leave Real Madrid.”
Regular panellist Edu Aguirre, a friend of Cristiano Ronaldo, said: “Bale is acting in a very cruel way towards Real Madrid.”
Others spoke of “shame” and “indignation”, while one spoke of “total indifference”, as if Bale no longer mattered to Madrid.
Then there was a survey. Should the winger be sold in January? To which 74% on Twitter voted yes. And at the end of the show, a mock front page. “Bale is laughing at Madrid… again’ (with capital letters used for added effect).
“Bale qualifies for the Euros and makes fun of Madrid,” AS said at the bottom of their front page on Wednesday. And inside, they added a small text alongside the match report of Wales’ win over Hungary. “An act that will not have gone down well in the heart of the club’s board and which will not please the Real Madrid fans,” it concluded.
Marca also posted the picture, but only referred to in the text underneath the photo. “Controversial celebration by Bale,” they said.
“The straw that broke the camel’s back,” Barcelona-based paper Sport said (in Spanish it’s the “drop that made the glass spill”), saying that the winger’s celebration could end the patience of Florentino Perez. The saga continues.