“I just don’t get it” – Bale opens up on treatment from Real Madrid fans

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Dom Le Roy

Former Tottenham star Gareth Bale has now opened up on his frustrations at the way Real Madrid fans have treated him over the years.

The Spanish giants broke the transfer record to sign Bale from Spurs back in the summer of 2013 and has since gone on to more than justify the massive price tag.

The Welshman has played a crucial role in helping the Los Blancos win four Champions League titles, as well as a La Liga title and a Copa del Rey.

Despite the injury problems that the 30-year-old has suffered during his time in the Spanish capital, he has scored over a hundred goals for the club including some important goals in big matches (transfermarkt).

However, he has had an uneasy relationship with the Santiago Bernabeu faithful in recent years, often being jeered for his displays (Express).

The winger has frequently been linked with a move away from Los Blancos in recent years including a return to Spurs (Daily Mail), only for his bumper wages to cause a major issue in completing any deal (Sport).

Bale has now admitted that he fails to understand why the Real Madrid supporters cannot be more supportive of the players when they are struggling for confidence.

Speaking on the US golf podcast, The Eric Anders Lang Show (as relayed by Sky Sports), he said: “We get a lot of pressure every game. If you don’t play well, there’s scrutiny.

“I’ve had 80,000 people in a stadium whistle at me because I haven’t played well. I’ve had it a few times! It’s not nice and it doesn’t do your confidence any good either.”

When asked why they do it, the former Spurs star responded: “This is the biggest question and I just don’t get it.

“You would expect that if you’re not having a good time on the pitch, your fans would get behind you and try to help you do better because it’ll make them happy.

“But it seems that they do the opposite. They whistle you, which consequentially makes you feel worse, you lose your confidence, you play worse and then that makes them even more upset.

“In football, you might play amazing, not score for five games, and then everyone says you’re having a terrible time.

“You think to yourself that you’re playing well, you just haven’t scored or assisted. But people just like goals, assists and ‘wow’ things. Sometimes that doesn’t always happen.”

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It is clear that Bale has been trying to make a point to Real Madrid and their fans for the past few years with his actions. The fact that he has put the club in a situation where they are forced to pay his bumper wages while he keeps bad-mouthing them publicly certainly isn’t going to make him any more popular with the Madrid fans.

While the Wales international’s behaviour is understandable, it seems like he has been willing to waste crucial years in his career just to make a point to his club. He could very well come to regret this once he retires and wish that he had made the most of his career during his peak years.

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