It seems a long time ago now since Gareth Bale was match winner in an El Clasico Copa del Rey final and a scorer in the Champions League final.
Just 10 months after La Decima was secured the Welshman is bearing the brunt of terrace ire from fans of Los Blancos.
Two goals against an obliging Levante side are all he has to show from his last 10 games in all competitions and clearly that is grating on those who pay his wages.
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A spat with Cristiano Ronaldo was well publicised, fans siding with the Portuguese when all Bale did was effectively take, but miss, a chance himself.
Ronaldo's pathetic and petulant reaction is all we have come to expect, and the white hankies (signifying displeasure) and whistles have been aimed in Bale's direction ever since.
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Against Barcelona on Sunday night, Real and Bale started confidently. At one apiece he had a goal wrongly flagged for offside. He was clearly at least a yard on, but such is your luck when things are going against you.
His first half industry was soon forgotten however when he completely disappeared in the second period. To put his second 45 into some sort of perspective, Xavi Hernandez had more touches of the ball despite not coming on until the 80th minute.
Not good enough
No, it wasn't good from Bale. At all.
But he wasn't the only player to not be at this best, Real as a unit faded badly in the second period.
Jese for example had barely any effect on proceedings after his introduction, touching the ball just six times, and two of those were for throw ins!
Raphael Varane too. The young Frenchman has been lauded as one of European football's best central defenders but he could only manage 12 touches in his 17-minute cameo.
To make Bale a scapegoat for Real's current malaise is a little concerning, but then this particular fan base have already made their feelings clear to one of their own, Iker Casillas. A player that embodies everything about this great club.
If Casillas cannot escape the fury of certain sections of Real's support, then very definitely Gareth Bale will be unable to.
But footage of fans trying to attack him in his car is a step too far.
It's scenes such as that which will surely begin to turn Bale's head if transfer offers are forthcoming again over the summer.
Manchester United have made no secret of their courting of the player and whilst he may not want to contemplate a return to the Premier League, he has done everything that he had set out to do when leaving north London just 18 months or so ago now.
Rumours of Carlo Ancelotti's demise continue to circulate and if any new manager should come in, then they certainly wouldn't pick Bale on current form.
Quite what the boo-boys hope to achieve by forcing one of their "galacticos" out of the door is anyone's guess, but Bale still has time to time to get his mojo back and ram the taunts back down their throats.
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