Football fans really are a fickle bunch.
Your club pays circa £100 million for a player who then wins you the Copa del Rey, scores the decisive second goal in the Champions League final and generally provides exactly what you are looking for in terms of attacking prowess.
And then you boo him because he doesn't pass to a wide open Cristiano Ronaldo in a game that has already been won.
And you continue to boo him for the rest of the game.
To the point where Ronaldo himself has to plead for calm and not to get on Gareth Bale's back.
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Real Madrid's fans have really surpassed themselves with their treatment of the Welshman in the past couple of weeks and appear to have very selective memories.
Man Utd move?
Perhaps it's the constant speculation in the press linking him with a move to Manchester United that has got up the noses of the Santiago Bernabeu faithful?
In any event, Los Blancos supporters need to lay off a player that has brought a different dimension to their side and one that is perfectly complimentary to Ronaldo's own game.
Indeed, Bale provides a synergy of sorts on the opposite flank, and with pace to rival the Portuguese, when in full flight he is extremely hard to both shake of the ball and to keep up with in a foot race.
Big game player
It's arguable that Bale's introduction into the side is what has gone some way to bringing the cup with the big ears back to Madrid.
Real were poor in that final and probably deserved to lose it, but the big moments need the big players and to that end Bale has delivered. Again and again.
Perhaps the best barometer for measuring Bale's success can come from the fact that no one has talked about the transfer fee for some while now.
If not quite an instant success in Madrid, then it didn't take Bale long to find his feet and dovetail nicely with the other members of the "BBC."
Ronaldo steps aside
If any more rubber stamping was required as to his position within the hierarchy of the team, then seeing Ronaldo step aside at free kicks and deign to Bale, is probably the best guideline of all.
Gareth Bale is a new breed of "Galactico." Yes, he really is that good, which makes his treatment at the hands of some sections of club support even harder to understand.
If their continued verbal bullying were to force Bale back to the Premier League, what then? Who else has the unique skill set that the Welshman possesses save for Ronaldo?
Be careful what you wish for Madridistas.
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